The Dutchess Deluxe

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Parents say

age 15+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 55 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

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


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


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


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

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bywinningloser712 November 2, 2009

Not the best cd

There are only a few songs worth listening to (Glamourous, Big Girls Don't Cry, Clumsy, and Voodoo Doll) but that basically it. The rest of the songs are j... Continue reading
Adult Written byMichael_24 April 9, 2008

I loved it!

I think that she can express herself anyway she feel like it. As long as she does it in th right way:)
Teen, 16 years old Written byteamjacobgirl2.0 March 16, 2011
Great album. Keep it up Fergie!
Kid, 11 years old November 25, 2009

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 se... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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