It’s been a rocky re-introduction to the music industry for Gwen Stefani.
2012 brought it the botched comeback of No Doubt, while last year’s solo re-boot was more soggy than success.
Despite the dramas, one arena that has proven fruitful for the fierce feline is television – namely her current turn as a coach on The Voice.
Presently in promo mode for the show’s latest season, the 46-year-old used the moment to open up about what went wrong with her 2014 efforts. She also unwrapped a new song titled ‘Used To Love You.’
Both await after the jump…
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly about the LP’s process, the singer confirmed that she binned the entire album she had in the can at the time. She said:
“It didn’t feel right. I didn’t feel fulfilled. That record was done that way because I had just given birth and had just started on The Voice and felt like I should do something in music, but what was I going to do? There wasn’t enough time. So I tried to make a record where I was just kind of involved — which is how a lot of people do it, but it didn’t work for me.”
Stefani, who recently announced her split from husband of 13 years Gavin Rossdale, said of the new incarnation of the album:
“I needed to go through what I needed to go through to write the record that I needed to write. There was a lot of prayer and meditating in the sense of trying to be open and grateful with this record. These songs are really natural — they’re from not worrying about what happened or what’s going to happen but about living in the moment, from trying to be present and trying to feel.”
Interestingly, she added that she began writing the fresh tracks in June and, though no release date is set yet, that she already has an album’s worth of songs amassed.
One of said cuts is ‘Used To Love You,’ which she debuted live recently. Take a listen below…
In keeping it all the way real, this is infinitely better than the try-hard trash she was peddling with those tracks last year.
It’s even more warming to know that it’s the likely “first” single, because it sounds like what an organic “Gwen Stefani” track should sound like in 2015.
Moral of the story? Sometimes it’s better to bake something new rather than trying to reheat chemistry with something that tasted good ten years ago.