Gwen Stefani


November 23, 2004


In the blink of an eye, this album turned fifteen years old. The No Doubt vocalist's solo debut made a splash upon release, cementing her second life as a pop icon for the 21st century with gleefully weird singles and a crew of superstar producers contributing to the melee. No moment is wasted here and, beyond the well-known singles, the Japan-obsessed jaunt "Harajuku Girls" and the sugar-sweet new wave "The Real Thing" are worth attention.

- Neil Z. Yeung

Cold Wind

Open Road

Cold Wind

October 8, 2002


Despite the fact that this is technically 21st century music, the authenticity of Bradford Lee Folk's high lonesome voice feels like it is being broadcast from 100 years earlier. Their interpretations of songs by Hank Williams, Mac Martin and Doug & Rusty Kershaw sit comfortably alongside the band's originals, alternating between mournful ballads and fiddle-driven stompers.

- Zac Johnson