Gwen Stefani’s third solo album drops later this month, but ahead of This Is What the Truth Feels Like’s release, the former No Doubt frontwoman shared another track from the collection. After teasing the new song on Instagram Thursday afternoon, “Misery” premiered just an hour later. And despite its downer of track title, Stefani insists the third single off her latest set is about her newfound happiness with boyfriend Blake Shelton.
“The record is happening in real time,” Stefani told EW last month. “I’ve never had a record that’s been about happiness, so that feels really good and different. And I’ve never had records come out while it’s going on.” Lyrics like “Put me out of my misery/ hurry up come see me” and “You’re like drugs to me/ I’m so into you totally” echo the sentiment.
Stefani admits the first half of her writing process for the forthcoming album focused on the heartbreak she experienced after divorcing Gavin Rossdale last summer, yielding “very sarcastic and kind of dark, mad, and angry songs.”
“That’s when we kind of flipped over to this happy, excited, new phase,” Stefani continued. “And I wrote a bunch of new songs—I want to say four or five songs I wrote within the last three weeks.”
The upbeat, synth-assisted “Misery” follows previous singles “Used to Love You” and “Make Me Like You,” all of which will appear on Stefani’s upcoming 12-track set. “There’s not one song that’s a dud,” she boasted. “I’m not bragging but I’m just saying that we didn’t let any bad songs on there. We made it good.”
This Is What the Truth Feels Like debuts March 25.