When you think of Fergie, it’s not hard to automatically think of the terms “My Humps” or “Fergalicious”. In her long awaited sophomore release Double Duchess, Fergie intimately reveals her personal experiences being in the spotlight as mother, wife, and sex symbol hidden behind peppy pop tracks.
After sitting and really listening, it’s pretty clear that Fergie wanted to address her marital struggles with Josh Duhamel in a way that didn’t completely put him on blast, while still making you feel sorry for her. Tracks like “Save It ‘Til Morning” and “Life Goes On”, a single released last year, both indicate that the steady decline of their relationship. The recent news of their separation makes a whole lot more sense and understandable. Sadly, “Just Like You”, “Love Is Blind” and “Love Is Pain” hint at infidelity with Fergie bravely showcasing her sorrow to the listener with somber vocals and heartbreaking lyrics.
If you’re looking for something reminiscent to old school Fergie, “M.I.L.F.$” and ” A Little Work” have you covered. “M.I.L.F.$” , the diamond in the rough banger, is a lot to take in all at once because of how completely ridiculous and over-the-top it is musically and lyrically. However, when you dive beneath the surface the listener can hear her goal of bringing awareness to the societal struggles and pressures moms (especially moms raising kids in the spotlight) face. If you want something a bit more calming, but that still packs a punch, “A Little Work” is your song. It’s pretty much the “Big Girls Don’t Cry” of Double Duchess, but a lot more personal and an emotional rollercoaster from beginning to end. Fergie honestly airs her frustrations with always having to portray a perfect life to the public and not being allowed to show that she’s “bruised and broken”.
Honestly, Double Duchess is downright sad album. There are clear indications of her personal struggle with the pressures that Hollywood places not only on the person, but on marriages and raising children through melancholy vocal tones and emotional verses. In a way, Fergie used this album as an outlet to address her personal issues in an honest, tongue-in-cheek way without straying too far from the musical style she built her career on. Is Double Duchess a musical masterpiece? Far from it. But it shows a maturity and openness that sometimes pop artists are afraid to reveal in their music and I applaud Fergie for being able to flush out a more revealing version of herself that we didn’t see in her debut release.
There's more than meets the ear in Fergie's long awaited sophomore solo release and what you hear might not be what you expect.