Snap judgment: Gwen Stefani's 'Wind It Up'

142542__gs_lLet’s review. "Lonely Goatherd" yodeling? (I.) Combined with rubbery "Milkshake" bassline? (Don’t.) And robotic rap-singing, minus "Hollaback" jaunt? (Think.) Plus vacuous shout-out to own clothing line? (So.) And yet no discernable melody? (Gwen.)

I repeat: I don’t think so, Gwen. But if you don’t want to take my word for it, click here and hear for yourself. Just don’t say you weren’t warned.


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  • newtonsapple

    ooh, any song that yodels the Lonely Goatherd is fine by me.
    However, this song sucks.
    I miss my youth and my wanting to be Gwen Stefani in her No Doubt days. Stupid solo careers.

  • Dominique L.

    I remember when No Doubt were rock gods, thanks to their brilliant ‘Tragic Kingdom’ album. Those were the days…. (I will admit however that I’m digging the yodeling. But that’s it.)

  • Ellipsian

    Anyone know how to remove the hot mess that song left in my ears? Ugh.

  • Ben

    It is a pretty horrible song.

  • junior

    Michael, I think you’re (strange) love of Fergie is clogging your brain. It wasn’t that bad. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t good either but it’s not as bad as you say. The string sample is used quite well and the yodelling is catchy. The problem is that it’s the beginning of a song, not a completed song. Gwen, honey, you need a chorus and you don’t have one yet. The beat is certainly not ready “for the clubs…”

  • sara

    yeah, this is crap. I am really dissapointed. I had high hopes. Fergie is supposed to be ripping off Gwen, but her song “Fergalicious” ripped her off, and ran all the way out of town with it. It makes me sad that Fergie is better than Gwen now.

  • L3

    My ears are bleeding! This is horrible. I sang “My Humps” right over it. I can enjoy pop for pop’s sake–I am really digging on “Fergalicious” right now–but this is justa crime against humanity.

  • sara

    Junior, this song debuted on the radio monday. It is the first track off her new album, which means this is it. it is not a rough sample. there is no chorus. it won’t get any better than this.

  • willdeezy

    WTF?!?!?! What was she thinking?

  • john


  • GOB

    This actually could have been an interesting song, but things turn ugly as soon as the drums kick in and completely overpower everything. I don’t know who decided that shouting nonsense to a marching band beat qualifies as music, but this is the worst of the trend (Fergie is not far behind). Gwen can do so much better. I wish she would.

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  • mike

    No Doubt, Gwen, No Doubt.

  • Mike

    gwen stefani kicks ass. she doesn’t give a f**k what anyone thinks–who the hell else would yodel on a pop track!? she’s an off-the-cusp trendsetter who just killed it yet again. go gwen!!!

  • Meta

    Wow, can Gwen get over herself now and go back to the days of not being a self absorbed celeb. who’s music sucks….. gwen… no duobt, give them a call!!

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