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The Dutchess

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Album Review

Through all the twists and turns taken by Stacy "Fergie" Ferguson during her 20-year career as an entertainer — including a stint on Kids Incorporated, background vocals for Martika, two albums with adult contemporary/dance-pop group Wild Orchid, and superstardom with Black Eyed Peas — she has always sounded as if she is trying really, really hard. That has been the lone consistent characteristic of her output, and it remains in effect throughout The Dutchess, an album with all the characteristics of a release fronted by someone who has been itching to go solo and prove herself, once and for all, as a versatile force all her own. Fergie does cartwheels and handstands, juggles three objects at once, balances books on her head, hangs upside down, rides a unicycle with her hands in the air — all these things while wearing different outfits. The whole process, produced mostly by fellow Pea will.i.am, is mildly entertaining. There's throwback hip-hop ("Fergalicious," done to the tune of J.J. Fad's "Supersonic"), throwback soul ("Here I Come," done to the tune of the Temptations' "Get Ready"), reggae ("Mary Jane Shoes"), ska-punk ("Mary Jane Shoes"), scat ("Mary Jane Shoes"), vaguely torchy midtempo fluff ("Velvet"), and a classy string-drenched ballad (the appropriately titled "Finally"), among several other passable switch-ups. "London Bridge" is terrific, provided you can block out the lyrics or prevent yourself from trying to decipher its meaning. One of the more convincing songs on the album, "Big Girls Don't Cry," sounds exactly like a 2006 version of Wild Orchid, with Fergie's Taylor Dayne kid-sister act in full effect. [This Australian version includes bonus tracks.]

Customer Reviews

Surprisingly Not Bad

The Dutchess is a surprising strong album and starts of hard with the very similar to my humps 'Fergalicious' and other tracks like 'Clumsy' , 'All That I Got', Here I Come and Mary Jane Shoes with Bob Marley's wife, Rita Marley and love the rock change at the end. Also love 'Glamorous' with Ludacris and reminds me of Gwen's Stefani's 'Luxurious'. Some tracks are unnecessary and boring... i know she has her Wild Orchid fans to please, but wasn't impressed, but altogether a hot debut.. she's still better in Black Eyed Peas though!

Fergie Mixes It Up Gud

A great album from the solo female of the Black Eyed Peas. This album has a variety of beats and vocals and can appeal to everyone. "My Humps" fans would love "Fergalicious". Must songs are: Clumsy, All That I Got (The Make Up Song), Glamorous, Here I Come, Finally & Mary Jane Shoes. All the songs are good but these are personal favourites. Also with features of Ludacris & Rita Marley, Fergies appealing to all genres. The new ending of 'London Bridge' on this album is funny. (Love the British men talkin.) Overall an album worth owning.

Great Entertainer

It is so nice to listen to a gifted singer who has the ability to reach all kinds of listener. Fergie can provide the avid Hip Hop fan with any number of elequantly sung tunes as well the delightfull sound of easy listening. She is without a doubt one of the under rated singers of todays popular music scene. She manages to swop genre with such ease, from the raunchy London bridge to the lighter sound of Big girls dont cry. I would reccomend this as one of the best collection of songs i have heard for a long time....

Biography

Born: 27 March 1975 in Hacienda Heights, CA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '00s, '10s

Like Martika, Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Rahsaan Patterson, Stacy "Fergie" Ferguson got her first major break as a youngster on the television program Kids Incorporated. Born in 1975, she did voice work for The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show, as well as commercials, prior to becoming a Kids Incorporated regular from 1984 through 1989. Along with Stefanie Ridel and fellow Kids Incorporated alum Renee Ilene Sandstrom, Ferguson formed Wild Orchid, a teen pop group that released a pair of albums during...
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