A few weeks ago, Gwen Stefani returned to pop music with her single “Let Me Reintroduce Myself,” the first taste of her upcoming fourth studio album. Today, Gwen reintroduces herself visually, and what a stunning reminder it is! Her nostalgic new music video for “Let Me Reintroduce Myself” recreates some of her most iconic looks, from “Don’t Speak” to “Rich Girl” and more.
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.
Subtly similar to how the “What You Waiting For” music video opened back in 2004, the new video for “Let Me Reintroduce Myself” starts with a behind-the-scenes look at Gwen’s creative process and a phone call. Extra funds in place for the video shoot, Gwen then walks on stage, ready for her close up. But it’s not long before she’s interrupted by her past selves: the Gwens from previous videos like “Just A Girl,” “Don’t Speak,” “What You Waiting For,” “Rich Girl,” “Hollaback Girl,” and “Wind It Up.” We also see her iconic 1998 blue hair look, and a glimpse of the pink hair she sported in the “Ex-Girlfriend” music video. Of course, she’s not completely stuck in the past. Gwen also shows us fresh looks and flaunts her new engagement ring. By the end, the multiple Gwens are on gleeful video chats and dancing on stage together.
Take a trip down memory lane with the “Let Me Reintroduce Myself” music 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 later this year.
New Album Soon
In a series of interviews last month, Gwen confirmed that there’s more where “Let Me Reintroduce Myself” came from! In the past year, she’s written about 20 songs. Thankfully, a full album is on the horizon this 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 2020, 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 last 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 by 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. Last fall, 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” about 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 “Let Me Reintroduce Myself” and its nostalgic new music video! And get ready for more music in the coming months! 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.
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