Loyal to its homophonous counterpart, The Dutchess hands Fergie a solo mic, gives her sovereignty and confidence in her style, and allows the lone pea a chance to earn to recognition she yearns. She attacks the opportunity with a flirtatious seriousness, tickling listeners with free-spirited club jams, and tiptoeing around sensitivity with earnest ballads. But beneath the closed-lip, sexy smirk lies the fire, distinguishing those who fear from those who dare and the commonplace from the refreshing, which could ultimately earn Fergie titles to her pop/hip-hop duchy.
As one-fourth of The Black Eyed Peas, Fergie steps out onto a limb and dances through the sounds of old-school rap, soul, and even reggae with abandon. She unfastens the diversity of sound with "Fergalicious", a feminine-bravado song over the tune of J.J. Fad's 1988 "Supersonic".
She begins to disrobe the party-girl who has, thus far, always paraded sassy and vibrant, but opaque lyrical-costumes. She follows the "Fergalicious" girl with a more relatable, somewhat lonely and love struck, but still fun "Clumsy" Sarah. The vulnerability in "Clumsy", which is the antithesis of the "strut your stuff in stilettos, make the boys melt and girls jealous" mentality of "Fergalicious", continues with the softer "All That I Got (The Make-Up Song)". Will.i.am, who is a member of Black Eyed Peas and also the primary producer of The Dutchess, makes his appearance with the usually-associated mediocre lyrics.
Fergie then bounces back into the party-starters with chart-topping club track, "London Bridge," and "Glamorous," featuring Ludacris. The task of recording to the old-soul tune of "Get Ready" by the Temptations might have been too heavy for the still-developing Fergie, whose lyrics failed to do the track much justice. However, adventure on The Dutchess does not stop with this retrospective account; it travels to the islands, pursuing a reggae tone with "Mary Jane Shoes" that explodes mid-song with a punk rock tempo behind a Pink-sounding Fergie.
The risky pursuit Fergie takes on with The Dutchess wraps up with "Finally", a track that lyrically and vocally (as possible) resembles a Mariah Carey production. "Finally" amasses the tracks of the newly revealed Fergie, who shows that she is possibly ready for a solo career, creative enough to rejuvenate the stagnant Jessica Simpson/Brittney Spears arena, and courageous enough to pull her fans along on a curious journey.