4 in the Morning

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This article is about the Gwen Stefani song. For the Faron Young song, see It's Four in the Morning. For other uses, see 4 AM.
"4 in the Morning"
Single by Gwen Stefani
from the album The Sweet Escape
Released June 22, 2007 (2007-06-22)
Recorded 2006; Kingsbury Studios
(Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California)
Electric Lady Studios
(New York City, New York)
The Nook Studio
(Studio City, Los Angeles)
Genre Synthpop
Length 4:51
Label Interscope
Writer(s) Gwen Stefani, Tony Kanal
Producer(s) Tony Kanal
Gwen Stefani singles chronology
"The Sweet Escape"
(2006)
"4 in the Morning"
(2007)
"Now That You Got It"
(2007)

"4 in the Morning" is a song by American recording artist Gwen Stefani from her second solo album, The Sweet Escape (2006). Written by Stefani and Tony Kanal, the song is a 1980s-inspired ballad that Stefani began writing while pregnant and finished with No Doubt bandmate Tony Kanal. It received generally positive reviews from music critics.

The song was released as the album's third single in 2007. Stefani has stated that "4 in the Morning" is one of her favorite songs from The Sweet Escape.[1]

Background and writing[edit]

Stefani began working with No Doubt bassist Tony Kanal just after finishing the Harajuku Lovers Tour 2005, referring to him as her "comfort zone". They two wrote "4 in the Morning" based on a tape of melodies left from working on Stefani's debut album Love. Angel. Music. Baby. (2004). It is based on ballads such as Roberta Flack's "Killing Me Softly with His Song" and Billy Idol's "Eyes Without a Face".[2]

Critical reception[edit]

A 30-second sample of the song's chorus.

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"4 in the Morning" was generally well received by contemporary pop music critics. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic called it "coolly sensual",[3] and Quentin B. Huff of PopMatters referred to it as one of the "few real compositions" from the album.[4] Alex Miller from the NME described the song as "an expertly conceived tear-jerker", stating that "[i]t feels like the kind of song a teenage Stefani, miming along to Talk Talk, would have dreamt of singing one day."[5] Pitchfork Media's Mark Pytlik, however, disapproved of the song, commenting that it destroyed "the mallpop cred that Stefani accrued with L.A.M.B. '​s impeccable 'Cool'."[6] Billboard editor Chuck Taylor compared the song to the soundtrack to the 1983 film Flashdance and wrote that "we truly respect Stefani in the 'Morning.'"[7] Bill Lamb from About.com cited "4 in the Morning" as the best song from The Sweet Escape, calling it "beautifully performed and produced" and noting that Stefani "allows her signature vocals to sensually float and glide through the lyrical content."[8]

Commercial performance[edit]

Stefani performing "4 in the Morning".

It peaked at number fifty-four on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Stefani's lowest-charting US single until "Now That You Got It".[9] It was somewhat more successful in the mainstream market, reaching number thirty on the Pop 100 and the top twenty of the Top 40 Mainstream and Pop 100 Airplay charts.[9] The song was successful at the clubs and reached number two on the Hot Dance Club Play.[9] The single was more successful on the Canadian Hot 100, where it peaked at number seventeen.[10]

The song was more successful outside of North America. It peaked at number twenty-two on the UK Singles Chart and remained on the chart for eight weeks.[11] It fared somewhat better across Europe, reaching the top five in Romania, the top fifteen in Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, and Slovakia, and the top twenty in Austria, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland.[12] The song debuted at number nine on the ARIA Singles Chart but was unable to reach a higher position,[13] while peaking at number five on the New Zealand Singles Chart.[14]

Music video[edit]

Stefani singing while lying on the bed in the music video for "4 in the Morning".

The music video was directed by Sophie Muller and features a tearful and distraught Stefani, lying in bed as she begins to sing to the camera. In a white inside out L.A.M.B. T-shirt, she wanders around her apartment lost and questioning her lover, who is in fact absent from the video. The lyrics describe an argument, which she has with an off-screen lover throughout the video.[15] After lying around her apartment and crying during a bath, she leaves her house and travels in a car, as she sits tearfully in the back. The video ends with Stefani rolling on the bed.

"4 in the Morning" was given a "First Look" on MTV's Total Request Live on April 27, 2007 and peaked at number seven on May 9.[16][17] On MuchMusic's Countdown, it became Stefani's second least successful charting video (next to "Early Winter", which peaked at number twenty-three) since 2005's "Luxurious", peaking at number seven for two consecutive weeks after a slow ascent.[18]

Track listings[edit]

  • European CD single[19]
  1. "4 in the Morning" (Album Version) – 4:51
  2. "4 in the Morning" (Thin White Duke Edit) – 4:55
  • European CD maxi single[20] and Australian CD single[21]
  1. "4 in the Morning" (Album Version) – 4:51
  2. "4 in the Morning" (Thin White Duke Edit) – 4:55
  3. "4 in the Morning" (Oscar the Punk Remix) – 5:41
  4. "4 in the Morning" (Video) – 4:24
  • European promo CD single[22]
  1. "4 in the Morning" (Album Version) – 4:51
  2. "4 in the Morning" (Thin White Duke Mix) – 7:01
  3. "4 in the Morning" (Thin White Duke Dub) – 7:29
  4. "4 in the Morning" (Thin White Duke Edit) – 4:55
  • US 12" promo single[23]
A1. "4 in the Morning" (Thin White Duke Mix) – 7:01
A2. "4 in the Morning" (Album Version) – 4:51
B1. "4 in the Morning" (Thin White Duke Dub) – 7:29
B2. "4 in the Morning" (Thin White Duke Edit) – 4:55

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ Huff, Quentin B. (December 14, 2006). "Gwen Stefani: The Sweet Escape". PopMatters. Retrieved February 26, 2007. 
  5. ^ Miller, Alex (December 1, 2006). "Gwen Stefani: The Sweet Escape". NME. IPC Media. Archived from the original on 12 February 2007. Retrieved February 26, 2007. 
  6. ^ Pytlik, Mark (December 7, 2006). "Gwen Stefani: The Sweet Escape". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved February 26, 2007. 
  7. ^ Taylor, Chuck (May 12, 2007). "Producer: Tony Kanal". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 5, 2007. 
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  15. ^ Vineyard, Jennifer; Warburton, Richard (March 12, 2007). "Gwen Stefani Lets Her Lover Have It In New Clip". MTV News. MTV Networks. Retrieved May 5, 2007. 
  16. ^ "The TRL Archive – Recap: April 2007". ATRL. Retrieved August 21, 2011. 
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  27. ^ "Track Top-40 – 32/2007" (in Danish). IFPI Denmark. Hitlisten.NU. August 17, 2007. Archived from the original on 24 November 2010. Retrieved October 11, 2010. 
  28. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 29 – 2007" (in Dutch). Radio 538. top40.nl. Retrieved October 6, 2010. 
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