Track Review: Fergie, ‘Life Goes On’
Fergie continues to try to find her footing after a 10-year hiatus. “Life Goes On” trades explicitness for familiarity, channeling “Big Girls Don’t Cry.”
A long period of time elapsed between the release of a new single from Fergie. “M.I.L.F. $” earned some short-lived buzz upon its release, but faded. It’s tough to comeback after a 10-year hiatus, let alone adding a gap between singles when trying to regain footing. Clearly, with singles here and there, speculation about a new Fergie album – potentially a surprise sophomore album – is justified. Speculation aside, Fergie returns with “Life Goes On,” trading the raunchiness in favor of revisiting past success. Overall, it’s not a bad look, though not earth shattering either.
“Life Goes On” opens with the same vibe as “Big Girls Don’t Cry” from 2006. It’s not a copycat, but it’s obvious what Fergie is going for initially. The record Combines slick hip-hop drums and the bag of tricks with electro-infused pop. Fergie delivers respectable vocals throughout, particularly on the chorus:
“Life goes on with or without you / it’s up to you what you’re gona do / you could go or you could stay / who cares anyway? / life goes on with or without you / damn it baby, what you’re gonna do? / you could go or you could stay / but who cares anyway? / (haha yeah, who really cares?).”
The bridge contrasts the verse and refrain respectably:
“It’s time to take this out of my hands / is it all gonna be worth it in the end? / cause it’s safe here in my comfort zone / never stray too far from home (yeah, yeah, yeah) / but then again this way I’ll never know, never know / maybe I should go…”
Finally, the third verse is a rap verse. Expectedly, it’s gimmicky and schmaltzy – typical of Fergie.
All in all, “Life Goes On” has its moments. Arguably, it’s better than “M.I.L.F. $” which as flat-out distasteful and sounded as if Fergie were trying hard to find her niche in pop music. “Life Goes On” doesn’t come across a big-time potential hit, but does show that the artist has something to offer after such a lengthy hiatus.