Sometimes we do like to act as if we don’t follow mainstream pop but the truth is nothing pleases us more than an effortlessly constructed melody with a few “oohs” and “aahs”. That’s why we have absolutely no shame in posting the new single from Gwen Stefani, her first since 2006’s Sweet Escape. We’re not going to lie, we’re a little disappointed with the distinct lack of fruit-related lyrics, but apart from that Baby Don’t Lie is a bit of a #banger. Produced by Benny Blanco and Ryan Tedder, it’s a reggae-influenced track with some repetition, thumping drums in the chorus and a moody final bridge aka. all the makings of a perfect pop track. It doesn’t sound like a straight-out hit but that’s always been Gwenny’s strength. Don’t forget Hollaback Girl sounded weird as shit, when it was first brought to our attention.
Gwen Stefani solo single – tick. Now, all us pop enthusiasts need to complete 2014 is a proper solo single from Fergie that’s not shit. Oh, and an FKA Twigs Christmas album, please.