The Bottom Line
With the deft assistance of her fellow Black Eyed Pea will.i.am in the producer's chair and the songwriting talents of Toby Gad, Fergie has released a strong single to follow up 3 consecutive #1's. Wisely, she has changed tempo to a more mellow feel showcasing quality vocals. While the end of a relationship subject matter may be a bit time-worn, the lyrics are intelligent and memorable.
Listen to "Big Girls Don't Cry."
- Mellow, still sexy mood
- Intelligent lyrics
- Strong vocals from Fergie
- Missing that moment where it all really catches fire
- Simple, strummed guitar intro
- Air of sadness with hope for the future
- Pleasingly vocals with a touch of the sexy and sultry from Fergie
Guide Review - Fergie - Big Girls Don't Cry
This time around there are no gimmicky samples, no spelling, and nothing skirting the lines of sexual bad taste. "Big Girls Don't Cry" is a simple, straightforward song about the end of a relationship that proves Fergie needs nothing but her voice and emotion to deliver an appealing pop song. Subtle, strummed guitar sets the mood as Fergie sings of the need to separate from a lover and assert independence. "It's time to be a big girl now."
Few pop music fans and experts would have predicted that, with her first solo album, Fergie would reel off 3 consecutive #1 singles without breaking a sweat. However, that is where we are, and there is nothing in particular standing in the way of "Big Girls Don't Cry" nearing the top of the charts as well. The questions are being asked of whether the Black Eyed Peas need Fergie more than she needs them.
will.i.am unusually understated production is one of the clear stars on this recording. He wisely provides a simple, gentle backing to let the song unfold on its own. "Big Girls Don't Cry" is Exhibit A of how both will.i.am and Fergie have grown artistically while away from their group roles.