With Gwen Stefani set to top the charts with her third studio album, this week’s From The Vault pick salutes a Gwen gem from her first LP.
Cue ‘Cool’ from ‘Love.Angel.Music.Baby.’
Serviced as the fourth cut from the blockbuster project, the New Wave inspired track was released in 2005.
Produced by Nellee Hooper and Dallas Austin, the latter also co-wrote the song with Stefani.
While ‘Cool’ only reached Top 40 status overseas, was a hit in the US peaking at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #9 on the Pop tally.
The lyrics pull from real life in its centring on Gwen’s relationship with No Doubt-bandmate and former-bae Tony Kanal and how (after the ups and the challenges of life) they’ve remained more than colleagues but good friends too.
Sophie Muller helmed the video, which was shot in Lake Como, Italy and features the singer playing opposite Spanish actor Daniel Gonzàlez — and Erin Lokitz… who happens to be Kanal’s girlfriend.
It plays like a literal, yet creative take on the song’s resonating lyrics.
After a series of missteps, Team Gwen finally seem to have things in check and we couldn’t be happier. For, Ms Stefani is among the few artists who rose to prominence during the golden age of the 90s but somehow still possess all that is “required” to be successful in todays climate.
Hopefully the next chapter of her solo run is as colorful, captivating and game-changing as her first swing of the bat.