The Dutchess [Deluxe] [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
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, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
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. [The "Deluxe" version of the album, released in 2008, adds four bonus tracks.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/27/2008
  • Label: A&M
  • UPC: 602517566880
  • Catalog Number: 001059602
  • Sales rank: 38,950

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fergalicious (4:52)
  2. 2 Clumsy (4:00)
  3. 3 All That I Got (The Make Up Song) (4:05)
  4. 4 London Bridge (4:01)
  5. 5 Pedestal (3:22)
  6. 6 Voodoo Doll (4:23)
  7. 7 Glamorous (4:06)
  8. 8 Here I Come (3:21)
  9. 9 Velvet (4:53)
  10. 10 Big Girls Don't Cry (4:28)
  11. 11 Mary Jane Shoes (3:55)
  12. 12 Losing My Ground (4:08)
  13. 13 Finally - John Legend (4:53)
  14. 14 Barracuda (4:39)
  15. 15 Party People (4:03)
  16. 16 Clumsy - Soulja Boy Tell Em (3:52)
  17. 17 Labels or Love (3:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Fergie Primary Artist, 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 Vocals
Julie Gigante Violin
Trey Henry Bass
David Low Celli
Helen Nightengale Violin
Gary Novak Drums
Barbara Porter Violin
Anatoly Rosinsky Violin
Cecilia Tsan Celli
Josefina Vergara Violin
Suzie Katayama Celli
J. Curtis Guitar
Lisa Sutton Violin
Natalie Leggett Violin
Robb Boldt Keyboards
Armen Anassian Violin
will.i.am Bass, Keyboards
Mike Hartnett Bass, Guitar
Mike Fratantuno Bass
Roberto Cani Violin
Printz Board Synthesizer, Trumpet, Moog Synthesizer, fender rhodes
Thomas Dienner Viola
Liane Mautner Violin
Timothy Loo Celli
Simeon Spiegel Acoustic Guitar
Sarah Thornblade Violin
Chuck Prada Percussion
Andrew Duckles Viola
Becky Bunnell Violin
Elvis Williams Keyboards
John Legend Piano
Shoshana Claman Violin
Theresa Jones Bailey Background Vocals
Tiffany Yi Hu Violin
Matthew Funes Viola
Polow da Don Background Vocals
Keith Harris Bass, Drums, Keyboards, keyboard bass
Technical Credits
Lionel Richie Composer
Bobby Troup Composer
Josh Chervokas Engineer
Ron Fair Executive Producer, String Arrangements, Vocal Producer, String Conductor
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Stacy Ferguson Composer
Julian Peploe Illustrations
Robb Boldt Composer, Producer, Engineer, drum programming
Stefanie Ridel Composer, Vocal Producer
Renee Sandstrom Composer
will.i.am Arranger, Engineer, Executive Producer, drum programming
Anthony Kilhoffer Engineer
Jamal Jones Composer
Printz Board Producer, Engineer, drum programming
Simeon Spiegel Engineer
Tal Herzberg Engineer, Digital Editing
John Hanes Digital Editing
Jason Schweitzer Engineer
Jason Villaroman Engineer
Demacio Castellon Engineer
Ethan Willoughby Engineer
Padraic Kerin Engineer, Digital Editing
Elvis Williams Composer
Michael Eleopoulos Engineer
John Legend Producer
Toby Gad Composer
Travis Daniels Engineer
Melissa Bolton Sample Clearance
Polow da Don Producer, drum programming
Keith Harris Producer, Engineer, drum programming
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    The Lack of Originality

    With one exception on the bonus deluxe CD, there is sampling from every artist known to mankind-some of it blatant. It is no wonder that there isn't any music or musician out there for the last 10 years with any talent. Every song sounds the same. with the exception of Labels or Love (which has a small sampling of Sex and the City, but at least it was used in the film), the rest of this CD is just pure, non-original, stolen something that sounds like music. Another no talent artist, in a myriad of no talent R&R artists.

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