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.