It was just two months ago when Gwen Stefani revealed that she was writing new music for her next album. We didn’t know we’d get to hear it so soon, but we’re so glad we do! Today, Gwen released her new single, “Let Me Reintroduce Myself,” promising a full album in 2021. Gwen wrote this new song with Ross Golan and Luke Niccoli. Her brother Eric Stefani plays keyboards on the track, and No Doubt touring members Gabrial McNair and Stephen Bradley play horns.
True to its title, “Let Me Reintroduce Myself” highlights some of the best of what Gwen is known for and has done over her three decades in music so far. The song opens with staticky radio, reminiscent of her No Doubt hit, “Underneath It All.” We then hear Spanish guitar – reminding fans of “Don’t Speak” – which runs throughout much of the song. Over a laid-back yet fresh reggae beat – another nod to her No Doubt days – Gwen sings about how she’s still the same person she’s always been; she hasn’t changed. Indeed, everything we loved about her is still true to who she is today. She references the bananas of “Hollaback Girl” and offers cheer to her fans, both through her lyrics and because this song is so loveably Gwen.
“Let Me Reintroduce Myself” also gets a colorful lyric video, made up of scrapbook-like images and an array of fonts. Throughout, we see a few versions of Gwen: one harkening back to No Doubt’s “Just A Girl” video, and one that’s much more 2020. It’s a wonderful visual, and also quite helpful, as some of the words in the verses can be hard to make out.
Enjoy “Let Me Reintroduce Myself” and its lyric video below:
You can stream or buy “Let Me Reintroduce Myself” from all the major music providers here. It’s expected to appear on Gwen’s upcoming fourth studio album, due in 2021.
New Album Soon
In a series of interviews today, Gwen confirmed that there’s more where “Let Me Reintroduce Myself” came from! This year, she’s written about 20 songs, and a full album is on the horizon for the new year. Indeed, in October Gwen did state that she was writing a lot, citing Kelly Clarkson’s recent prolific writing as her source of inspiration.
Gwen revealed that the origins go back to February this year, when she was sent a song called “When Love Gets Old,” which had been written specifically for her. That opened the doors to Gwen writing more songs with the writers. They wrote one called “Cry Happy” in February, right before quarantine began. Recording those songs inspired Gwen to keep going, whether or not anyone would hear what she was writing.
From here, Gwen went back and uncovered all the music she first latched onto when she was in 8th grade, bringing her back to her ska and reggae roots. She mentioned being inspired by the political and antiracist messages of early ska and reggae artists, and her recent efforts to learn more on those fronts. Gwen also mentioned being affected by the #MeToo movement. Those themes may appear in her own new music.
Over the last several months, Gwen has mostly worked with Ross and Luke. They composed “Let Me Reintroduce Myself” in late August. However, she’s also mentioned writing with Greg Kurstin and Mozella. Naturally, nearly everything that they’ve written this year has been over Zoom calls! They’ve composed about 20 songs so far, and they’re not done yet!
While Gwen didn’t provide a timeline for her upcoming album, we predict that it should be out around spring or summer 2021.
More From Gwen
More recently, Gwen released her first holiday album, You Make It Feel Like Christmas, in 2018. She then re-released the Christmas album in 2018 with five more songs. In the last few months, she added two more songs to the holiday record: a cover of “Sleigh Ride” and an original song called “Here This Christmas.”
Gwen has moved into the country world in the past year, thanks to her boyfriend Blake Shelton. They had a big hit with their duet “Nobody But You” nearly one year ago; they followed that with “Happy Anywhere.”
In August, Gwen also appeared on a remix of Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia song, “Physical.”
Enjoy Gwen’s new single “Let Me Reintroduce Myself,” and get ready for more music in the new year! You can catch up on all we know about her upcoming fourth studio album here. Keep checking back here for all the latest Gwen Stefani music news.