Fergie
The Dutchess


2.5
average

Review

by lafterkingas USER (4 Reviews)
December 16th, 2009 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Oversexed nonsense

Stacy Ann Ferguson was born in Hacienda Heights, California, the daughter of Terri Jackson (née Gore) and Patrick Ferguson. She studied dance and began to do voice-over work, providing the voice for Sally in two made-for-television Peanuts cartoons, as well as on four episodes of The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show. From 1984 to 1989, she starred on the TV show Kids Incorporated. All that time, she was a cheerleader, straight-A student and a spelling bee champion, as well as a Girl Scout.

With that interesting, accurate depiction of Fergie's history from Wikipedia, let's get to the point. Fergie's album is exactly like her life: all over the place. She's riding a unicycle on a thin wire blindfolded while juggling numerous oranges in the air, as well as singing "London Bridge is falling down". Naturally, the audience of this bizzare circus act would be desperate men wanting her to perform oral s*x on them by "going down like London Bridge". (But then again, sex sells in pop. But overdoing it isn't exactly productive - it starts to sound cliched and tired) It's reasonably entertaining, but you can definitely feel Fergie's desperately trying to be a success, trying so hard to balance on that thin wire, that she falls off.

Let's start with the second single (and opening track), Fergalicious. Featuring will.i.am, it's about how delicious and TASTEY she is (interestingly, the album title is a misspelling too [its Duchess]) Fergie is a singer, not a rapper, but the latter is what she chooses to portray herself as on more than half the album. What's disappointing about the album is that Fergie, in her obvious attempt to be a superstar, ends up aping others' musical personality (The addictive "London Bridge" sounds a lot like "Hollaback Girl" and her own "My Humps"). Luckily, the flawless production is the album's saving grace (listen to "Fergalicious", "Pedestal", and "Mary Jane Shoes")

For someone who's experience a lot in life, Fergie's lyrics aren't exactly very original, even though she co-writes the whole album. On "Pedestal", the "London Bridge" rhyme is used again (with mixed results), which shows Fergie b*tching about celebrity bloggers like Perez Hilton. Fergie is a superstar, and probably has her share of nasty rumours circulated on the interwebs, but this track, while having excellent production, fails to sound convincing as a satiric lash against the anonymous silhouettes that "hide behind computer screens", but it's admittedly a good effort. Other examples of absent lyrical profoundity is "Mary Jane Shoes" and "Here I Come", the former in which the chorus is just a reiteration of "Wooh my Mary Janes", and tries to cram lots of genres into four minutes.

However, it's when Fergie starts to sing (wow, who would have thought it?) with gutso and emotion that the tracks really stand out, like "Big Girls Don't Cry" and the aptly-named "Finally". She doesn't exactly belt with the force of Kelly Clarkson, but it's definitely more personal than any ballad Britney Spears has come up with. The theatrical "Finally" features John Legend on piano, and shows a softer, more touching (and less sexual) side to Fergie's voice. However, even when she sings, it can't exactly redeem the rubbish that is "Voodoo Doll" or the sugary, sampled, well-crafted "Clumsy". Despite its numerous, shortcomings, The Dutchess is an album riddled with potential mass hits like "Fergalicious" and "Clumsy", but often sacrifices artistry for mass-audience appeal, turning The Dutchess into a forgettable album, something that will lie in your rubbish bin after its singles on the radio stop getting airplay.

Reccomended tracks:
1. Fergalicious
4. London Bridge
10. Big Girls Don't Cry


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Comments:Add a Comment 
BigHans
December 17th 2009


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

London Bridge is one of the top 5 worst songs ever written. That said, I am somewhat ashamed to say that I don't hate Glamorous, shit is a guilty pleasure if there ever was one. Yes, I have been drinking.

lafterkingas
December 17th 2009


6 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

hm..ok

lafterkingas
December 17th 2009


6 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I mean, I have listened to radio pop, but this is still pretty low.

XulOnerom
December 17th 2009


1818 Comments


he studied dance and began to do and voice-over work


Even if you copypasted it from Wikipedia, either correct it or add a (sic) at the end.

I won't neg because it ain't that bad, but won't pos because this is kind of a rant about how much Fergie sucks rather than a proper review

lafterkingas
December 17th 2009


6 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Well, I probably did not review this with an open mind after reading my review again (I was confident I was neutral but maybe not I guess) I'll edit it as soon as I have the time to listen to album again. I saw a lot of negative reviews of it so I was probably biased against her.

Parallels
December 17th 2009


6641 Comments


it wasnt that bad. but it wasnt good either.

sex sells in pop. worked for madonna, why not for britney, fergie, stefani and gaga too?

Gyromania
June 10th 2010


15706 Comments


Atrocious album. Makes contemporary music look bad in general.

mariiinnn116
November 15th 2010


1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

This album is Fergie’s first solo album which was released on September 19, 2006.
It has sold more than six million copies all over the world.
This album is constructed with 13th songs including three number-one hits on the Billboard Hot 100, "London Bridge", "Big Girls Don't Cry", and "Glamorous".
My favorite track is “Finally”. This song is fitted her passionate voice. And its words express her way of thinking about life.


caprio4us
November 15th 2010


182 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

@mariiinnn116: i guess you have a crush on her

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
March 28th 2011


15035 Comments


london bridge is so fucking good

random
June 11th 2011


2262 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

London Bridge is just bad.

Shuyin
February 13th 2012


11617 Comments


i hate this slut

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benkim
June 15th 2012


2105 Comments


I would 5 this just for the effect she has on my dick even when her name is mentioned.

BigBlob
June 15th 2012


1657 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

And what effect is that?

BigPleb
June 15th 2012


36637 Comments


5 it.

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BigBlob
June 15th 2012


1657 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Seriously though, this album is awful, but at least its catchy awful.

benkim
June 15th 2012


2105 Comments


And what effect is that?

You know, hard and you get the feeling that you just want to insert it into a female and all.

oltnabrick
December 25th 2012


30817 Comments


tasty tasty

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Winesburgohio
February 27th 2013


1030 Comments


London Bridge actually rules so hard

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