Dutchess

The 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 just

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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.

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:
4816

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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
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
Thomas Diener   Viola
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
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
S. Garrett   Composer
Jason Schweitzer   Engineer
Jason Villaroman   Engineer
Demacio Castellon   Engineer
Ethan Willoughby   Engineer
Dru Castro   Engineer
Padraic Kerin   Engineer
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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The Dutchess 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD by Fergie is better than I even expected. There are great beats, great lyrics and true talent on this CD. I reccomend this to anyone who would really enjoy some great music. Way to go Fergie!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is t6he best cd ever! i loved it. when i first bought it i thout it was gonna be all rap. but its a variety if you love mussic than youll deffinatly love this
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is honestly the most inconsistant, unoriginal album I have heard in a long long time. This is more of name that artist she ripped off game. The fact that so many people like it shows once again America is filled with a bunch celebrity followers. I want my money back.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well for one thing....this is her chance to shine.....and she's glowing. For those who love variety in music then Fergie's Dutchess has it. It's her first album but she has so much skill at using her vocal ranges...instead of staying consistent with one voice...she's so versatile that at some points she sounds like someone else entirely. After hearing songs like My Humps I couldn't believe that the singer of Glamorous could be Fergie at all.... Her voice has a very personal feel to it ...yet it can be distant too...kinda rare these days? Her voice isn't "over powering" any of the songs because it still allows me to hear the music, it's just not all about her voice (she doesn't make it obvious) and because of that I absolutely love it!!! I can't wait to see what other albums she'll produce in the future!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think Fergalicious is damn amazing. London Bridge is cool, but I still like Fergalicious!
Guest More than 1 year ago
These are some great songs that I am constantly listening to! Everyone loves it and you should 2!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The only songs I enjoy are Fergalicous and London Bridge.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved most of the songs on this CD. And it wasnt all rap, there was lots of variety. I didnt like the song Velvet or Mary Jane Shoes.. a little too "classical". But Fergie has got talent! After listening to London Bridge and then Glamorous i knew fergie had an amazing voice! Deffently a CD to buy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fergalicious definition make the boys go loco. It's Fergie! Fergalicious is a great song. It's catchy and really describes Fergie. She's D to the E to the L-I-C-I-O-U-S. The music video is crazy and all Fergie! If you haven't seen it yet, you're missing out on one of the greatest and hottest music videos of the year! I must say that when I bought this album, I was excited to see Fergie going solo. Clumsy has a cool beat to it and I highly recommend it and London Bridge. London Bridge is just fantastic. Luv it! Pedestal is catchy also as well as all the other songs. Fergie's music videos are hot just like she is. I recently bought the clean version for my little sister and she's falling in love with it. It's cool to see her get into Fergie. I am really happy to hear her solo album and hope she continues to make more music! Don't worry, Fergie! I will always luv ya!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The only songs i like are the singles that are already out...the rest just don't really sound like her. Kinda wish i wouldn't have bought it. It would have been cheaper just to download the 3 songs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I L-O-V-E-D this CD!! It was really good. My favorite song was Fergalicious. I liked it a lot. It was a great Cd!
Guest More than 1 year ago
from the news i heard on msnbc that fergie and her found group might want to cover a metallica song oh its true its all over the news and media but i love fergie thats why i bought her newest album cant wait for her next record to come out oh the metallica songs she wants to cover is the call of ktulu and or orion by metallica
Guest More than 1 year ago
Love this album! My favs: Fergalicious Big Girls Don't Cry Glamorous London Bridge
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think the CD was a great hit I really liked it and i played it at my b-day!
Guest More than 1 year ago
all the songs on this cd are so good.I recomend this cd to any one who likes Fergie.I bought this cd and listen to it mostly every day.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this cd is awsome
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this CD! My favorite songs are: Glamorous,Fergalicious,Clumsy,Big Girls Don't Cry ... and so many more.I would buy this fun CD for anybody who loves Fergie!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
She doesn't have a good voice but I bought this because I liked the song "Big Girls Don't Cry." I thought the rest of the songs would be good too but they weren't. Play the samples.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this cd! Fergie's voice is really good and the songs are so awesome! My faves are Glamorous, Big Girls Dont Cry, Feralicious, London Bridge and All That I Got. You've gotta have this!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Now if you have the standard edition of 'The Dutchess' than don't waste your time buying the 'deluxe' edition. All it contains is 4 songs which includes 'Party people' featuring Nelly, 'Barracuda', 'Labels or love' and a remix to 'Clumsy'. Yes we get internet access to videos but seriously we could have used a DVD? And the same videos we can find on You tube. But if you don't have the standard release and want the Fergie- The Dutchess than the deluxe edition is actually worth it. I don't think I'm planning on buying the deluxe edition when I have the standard. When you have a deluxe edition your suppose to have at least more than 5 songs and if you don't have extra songs you should have a DVD to back it up. But when you have only 4 new songs and just access to videos which are available on You tube it really isn't worth re- buying. The songs are okay. But half of them are just remixes and a song originally owned by Fergie.
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