The Dutchess Deluxe

 
Queen Pea's sassy solo debut; get the edited one.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Some girl-power, some simpering sexual teasing, some sexist language -- all over the road.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

A lot of sexy innuendo, stopping just short of explicit.

Language

A "yippee" approach to four-letter words, especially "s--t." Edited version is better than most.

Consumerism

A couple of brand names are mentioned. "Labels or Love" is all about retail therapy and buying brand names.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this album includes a liberal sprinkling of four-letter words ("f--k" and "s--t," mainly) and a lot of teasy sexuality in the lyrics. An edited version is available and is better-produced than most.

What's the story?

With generous help from some very accomplished pals, Fergie steps out on her own on THE DUTCHESS. Best known as a member of the Black-Eyed Peas, Fergie explores a variety of musical styles with a sense of good-natured fun and enough attitude to compensate for a smidge of vocal weakness. A lot of her songs combine teasing sexuality with dance-club girl power. "They want my treasures so they get their pleasures from my photo/you can see me (you can squeeze me)/I ain't easy (I ain't sleazy)/I got reasons why I tease 'em," she taunts on "Fergalicious." "All That I Got" tackles deeper topics ("I know you're seeing past my makeup/Into the little girl that used to hide out and cry/When her parents fought/Would you love me if I didn't work out or change my natural hair?") and might hit home with some young fans.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Musically, the album takes some ambitious risks that work better than they really should. There's a gorgeously produced reggae romp on "Mary Jane Shoes" with Rita Marley; there's some '80s hip-hop flavor on "Fergalicious"; as well as soul, jazz, and R&B influences old and new. Tempo and rhythm changes abound; the music and performances are anything but dull. Fergie isn't a great singer, but she pulls it all off with good humor and a sexy wink, proving that sparkle and attitude can go a long way.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether they like Fergie better on her own or with the Black-Eyed Peas. What are the pros and cons of striking out on your own after having great success as part of a group? Could Fergie be just as sexy and fun without using provocative words?

Music details

Artist:Fergie
Release date:May 27, 2008
Label:Interscope Records
Genre:Pop
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Kid, 9 years old April 9, 2008
age 0+
 

LOVE IT!!!

I LOVE THIS CD!!! Fergie is way better without the rest of the peas!
Kid, 11 years old November 25, 2009
age 13+
 

Get the clean version for 13+ Compatability.

Even when it's clean, it isn't ready for children or the most mature of tweens. Sex and bad language make up this album. Fergie shows that she is a sex symbol, no doubt. Not the best role model for some teens.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Kid, 11 years old May 3, 2009
age 11+
 

Fergalicious!

fergie's the best. yes i admit some songs are kinda, well, provacative but i still love her. lol. my fave song is big girls don't cry. it really hits home.

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