Gwen Stefani Early Winter review + watch video

Gwen Stefani

I watched Gwen Stefani’s video for her single, “Early Winter” for the first time this morning. It’s good to see a video on TV before watching it on YouTube for a change – with the larger screen. “Early Winter” is off of her second album, ‘The Sweet Escape’.

Gwen Stefani’s videos are always fun to watch. Usually you can expect to see a lot of colors, quirkiness of some sort, dancing, romance, and/or glamour. With the “Early Winter” video, Gwen opted for glamour and romance.

She looks great – her glamorous gowns in the video are gorgeous. Who designed them? It crossed my mind that they could be Gwen’s own L.A.M.B. creations, but most likely not.

Some of the scenes were filmed in railway stations across Europe, which for me, adds to the romance – along with the use of black/white and color for the video (with a great opening shot by the way), the lighting, the falling snow and the room that Gwen is in with red feathers swirling around.

Although “Early Winter” seems quite simple, the lyrics are intense and emotional. I don’t remember hearing Gwen’s voice sounding so sultry and wanting before. Her long and drawn out phrasing is welcome and appropriate on this sad and bitter song about a bad relationship.

There are times during the song when her voice reminds me of Cyndi Lauper, which is interesting. That’s something that I would never have thought of before with Gwen Stefani.

Funnily enough, after listening to it I found that “Early Winter” was co-written with Tim Rice-Oxley from Keane, and that apparently, Gwen told him that she wanted a “ballad in the vein of Billy Idol’s “Eyes Without a Face”, Roberta Flack’s “Killing Me Softly with His Song”, and Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time”.” So go figure.

“Early Winter” is a very well produced track and watching the video makes for a stunning sound and visual experience.

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By: Jenny May – Band Weblogs

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Jenny May is the founder of Band Weblogs. Based in Oxford, England (originally from New England), Band Weblogs was created in 2005. With a passion for music, Jenny May has performed with bands in the US and the UK, her music has appeared in films, she was a vocal coach for the Yamaha Rock School and has worked on music projects with musicians such as Jon Fishman (Phish), Fyfe Dangerfield (Guillemots) and Cisco Adler (Shwayze). Jenny is currently publishing music news, conducting exclusive interviews and writing music commentary for Band Weblogs and writing, recording and performing music with duo Purple May.

One thought on “Gwen Stefani Early Winter review + watch video”

  1. I love this video, it’s one of my all time favorites! I am dying to know where that ornate ballroom is located?! The one where she is wearing a white dress and red feathers are falling on her. This better win video of the year on the MTV VMA’s.

    If anyone knows where she filed the scenes in that beautiful ballroom, please let me know!

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