Dutchess

Dutchess

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by Fergie
     
 

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Naysayers may view Fergie as of the token girl in the Black Eyed Peas, but with her solo debut The Dutchess, the gal born Stacy Ferguson erases any doubt about her musical chops. Although Peas bandmate will.i.am co-produced 8 of the album's 13 tracks, Fergie co-wrote and co-produced much of the disc, ensuring that she's not justSee more details below

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Naysayers may view Fergie as of the token girl in the Black Eyed Peas, but with her solo debut The Dutchess, the gal born Stacy Ferguson erases any doubt about her musical chops. Although Peas bandmate will.i.am co-produced 8 of the album's 13 tracks, Fergie co-wrote and co-produced much of the disc, ensuring that she's not just posing in front of a mic. And like fellow Californian Gwen Stefani, Fergie has a malleable enough singing style to be effective in myriad genres. She easily slips into urban-flavored jams like the ribald, chart-topping single "London Bridge" and the synth-infused, hip-hop mashup "Glamorous," featuring a catchy cameo by Ludacris. There's even a semi-sequel to the Peas' smash "My Humps" by way of the electro-funk opening cut, "Fergalicious," which includes an extensive sample of the J. J. Fad nugget "Supersonic." Elsewhere, Fergie successfully pushes her creative envelope, going from the punky reggae of "Mary Jane Shoes" -- complete with a sample of "No Woman, No Cry" and sweet harmonizing by Rita Marley and the I-Threes -- to the John Legend-produced "Finally," a sparse piano- and strings-kissed ballad that allows the ex-Wild Orchid member a chance to show off her inner Mariah Carey. With The Dutchess, Fergie not only crushes any notions of being mere eye candy for the Black Eyed Peas; she's also created an impressive base for what'll surely be a fruitful solo career.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
After attaining superstardom with Black Eyed Peas, Fergie's solo debut, The Dutchess, has 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. The album, produced mostly by fellow Pea will.i.am, includes throwback hip-hop ("Fergalicious"), throwback soul ("Here I Come"), even ska-punk ("Mary Jane Shoes") and scat ("Mary Jane Shoes") and a classy string-drenched ballad (the appropriately titled "Finally"). But the song with the most lasting value is the hit single "London Bridge."

Product Details

Release Date:
09/19/2006
Label:
Interscope Records
UPC:
0602517057968
catalogNumber:
000749002
Rank:
33149

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Fergie   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Rita Marley   Background Vocals
Jay Anderson   Vocals,Background Vocals
Bruce Dukov   Violin
Sid Page   Violin
I-Threes   Background Vocals
Charlie Bisharat   Violin
Darius Campo   Violin
Larry Corbett   Celli
Brian Dembow   Viola
Ron Fair   Conductor
Julie Gigante   Violin
Trey Henry   Bass
David Low   Celli
Helen Nightengale   Violin
Gary Novak   Drums
Katia Popov   Violin
Barbara Porter   Violin
Anatoly Rosinsky   Violin
Cecilia Tsan   Celli
Josefina Vergara   Violin
Suzie Katayama   Celli
J. Curtis   Guitar
Lisa Sutton   Violin
Natalie Leggett   Violin
Simeon Spiegel   Acoustic Guitar
Nico Abondolo   Bass
Armen Anassian   Violin
will.i.am   Bass,Drums,Keyboards,Rap
George Pajon   Guitar
Mike Hartnett   Guitar
Mike Fratantuno   Bass
Roberto Cani   Violin
Printz Board   Synthesizer,Trumpet,fender rhodes,Moog Bass
Thomas Dienner   Viola
Vicky Miscolczy   Viola
Liane Mautner   Violin
Timothy Loo   Celli
Ludacris   Rap
Sarah Thornblade   Violin
Chuck Prada   Percussion
Andrew Duckles   Viola
Becky Bunnell   Violin
Songa Lee   Violin
Elvis Williams   Keyboards
John Legend   Piano
Shoshana Claman   Violin
Michele Richards   Violin
Venus Brown   Piano
Theresa Jones Bailey   Background Vocals
Mike Harnett   Bass,Guitar
Rita Marley & The J-Three's   Vocals,Track Performer
Tiffany Yi Hu   Violin
Phillip Levy   Violin
Matthew Funes   Viola
Nate Hills   Percussion,Drums
Keith Harris   Bass,Drums,Keyboards,keyboard bass

Technical Credits

Lionel Richie   Composer
Bobby Troup   Composer
Afro Rican   Engineer
Josh Chervokas   Engineer
William Derella   Management
Ron Fair   Producer,Executive Producer,String Arrangements,Vocal Producer,String Conductor
Bernie Grundman   Mastering
Trey Henry   Engineer
David Sonenberg   Management
Stacy Ferguson   Composer
Julian Peploe   Illustrations
Robb Boldt   Composer,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Madeleine Smith   Sample Clearance
Stefanie Ridel   Composer,Vocal Producer
Renee Sandstrom   Composer
Vincent Ford   Composer
will.i.am   Arranger,Programming,Engineer,Executive Producer,drum programming,Audio Production
Anthony Kilhoffer   Engineer
Will Adams   Composer
Jamal Jones   Composer
Printz Board   Composer,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Simeon Spiegel   Engineer
Tal Herzberg   Engineer,Digital Editing
John Hanes   Digital Editing
S. Garrett   Composer
Jason Schweitzer   Engineer
Jason Villaroman   Engineer
Demacio Castellon   Engineer
Ethan Willoughby   Engineer
Dru Castro   Engineer
Padraic Kerin   Engineer,Digital Editing
Elvis Williams   Composer
John Legend   Producer
Toby Gad   Composer
Travis Daniels   Engineer
"Angry" Mike Eleopoulos   Engineer
Melissa Bolton   Sample Clearance
Michael Markarian   Management
Joe Peluso   Engineer
Keith Harris   Composer,Producer,Engineer,drum programming

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