Fergie is back in business!
The long awaited sequel to her debut solo record ‘The Dutchess’ has officially arrived 11 years later.
To reward fans for the painful wait and constant delays, she has gone and released a visual album where each track is served with an accompanying music video.
Titled the ‘Double Dutchess’, it shall please fans of the former Black Eyed Peas singer.
It showcases multiple facets and genres, some working more than others.
First up is rapper Fergie on tracks like “Hungry”, “Like It Ain’t Nuttin” and “You Already Know”. While some of these songs have great highs, they are relatively scattered in quality or missing a certain oomph factor.
Bubblegum pop is also served on tropical track “Enchante” which features vocals from her own son Axl Jack and it’s insanely cute. “Tension” is also a major sensual disco pop jam that gives us some serious Kylie Minogue vibes.
There’s also some reggae on “Love Is Blind” and R&B on “Just Like You”.
Where Fergie shines though is when she gets deep and personal, her voice is just perfect for emotional ballads and this helps the album rise to the top.
“Save It Til Morning” is “Big Girls Don’t Cry” 2.0 with its beautifully heavy lyrics and heavenly vocals. Even the visual channels the classic music video and its just divine. It’s great to see Fergie somewhat give a nod to her debut record despite it being 11 years ago. #nostalgia
Other ballad, “A Little Work” is a epic ode to life’s struggles before closing out the album with powerful “Love Is Pain” which serves up some serious vocals and might just make you cry.
There’s even an appearance of older singles “L.A.Love”, “M.I.L.F.$” and “Life Goes On” which were the early tastes of the album before technical dramas got in the way.
Verdict: A solid comeback for The Dutchess. Her sophomore effort is quite a mixed bag but the good tracks are pure gold and not to be missed! It may have been 11 years but Fergie has certainly still got it.
Best Tracks: A Little Work, Save It Til Morning, Enchante, Love Is Pain, Tension, You Already Know.
Overall Rating: 7.5/10