Today’s From The Vault pays homage to an artist currently on the comeback trail. This week’s pick comes courtesy of Fergie – it’s ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry.’
Penned by Fergie and Toby Gad, its production was handled by Black Eyed Peas bandmate will.i.am. It was issued as the fourth single from the singer-rapper’s debut album ‘The Dutchess’ and became her third #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The track was also a Top 10 hit in most countries in.
‘Big Girls’ is a song about finding the strength to go it alone after a breakup; it was met with universal acclaim for its heartfelt lyrics, the simplicity of its production as well as Fergie’s vocal performance.
Anthony Mandler helmed its video, which featured actor Milo Ventimiglia – who was riding from the success of TV series ‘Heroes’ – as her love interest.
The visual chronicles the story of a couple on the verge of a breakup, because of dubious behaviour from Ventimiglia’s character.
A whole decade after this song, Ms. Ferguson is back with her sophomore solo effort, ‘Double Dutchess.’ Will the project live up to the masses’ expectations? Only time will tell.
If she and her team want a chance at making this comeback a “moment” they better hurry up with the plan. Everything seems a bit confused and muted at the moment. To be fair, they have plenty of material – both audio and video – on the album to bag themselves a chart hit or two. All it takes now is making the right choices.
Anyhow, it’s great to have the Dutchess back.