A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What 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.
- Parents say
- Kids say
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?
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.