The best Gwen is a heartbroken Gwen. She used her breakup with bandmate Tony Kanal as inspiration for breakout hit “Don’t Speak.” And, years later, a temporary breakup with Gavin Rossdale fueled the brilliant Return of Saturn. But Gavin and Gwen got back together and made it work for over a decade. Her sugary music during their marriage left a lot to be desired (“Hollaback Girl” will forever be a bop though).
When news broke that Gwen and Gavin filed for divorce, the selfish music fan in me wondered whether the raw emotion from that experience might reinvigorate Gwen’s music. If new single “Used To Love You” is any indication, yes. Yes, it will.
Listen as Gwen yells “I used to love you!” with the same lovelorn passion she had back in the ’90s.