Picks and Pans Review: Fergie

UPDATED 10/09/2006 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 10/09/2006 at 01:00 AM EDT



The Dutchess

It's no surprise that some tracks on Fergie's inevitable solo debut sound like they could be Black Eyed Peas songs. In fact, the No. 1 single "London Bridge," with its bumping groove and sexually teasing lyric, could have come from the same pod as last year's Peas hit "My Humps." The Dutchess is also the first release on Peas leader will.i.am's new label, and in addition to producing about half of the album, he pops up on a couple of cuts (including the electro opener "Fergalicious"). While Fergie struggles to shape her solo identity—at times she wants to be Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera and Pink—there's no denying the hip-pop charms of tracks like the Ludacris-assisted "Glamorous" and the Little Richard-sampling "Clumsy."

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