CD Review: The Black Eyed Peas

The Beginning (Interscope)

For a group so often dismissed for playing crowd-sourced pop, the Black Eyed Peas sure pack a lot of styles. Take any one of their songs, and you'll likely hear three or four different things going on at once. The Peas' sixth album, The Beginning, is less rooted in funk than last year's global smash The E.N.D., so it's not nearly as much fun. Plus, some of the samples this time are straight-up groaners: "The Time" grabs one from Dirty Dancing, and "Love You Long Time" appropriates the oft-used Full Metal Jacket line. Fergie's sighed robotics in "Fashion Beats" and "XOXOXO" make The Beginning the Black Eyed Peas' most Eurodance album. But's lyrics are as barren as you'd expect from songs like "Don't Stop the Party" and "Play It Loud" — even if the group does get to rhyme "pretzel," "Tiesto," "techno," and "klepto" at one point. Party on. Dan Weiss

Scroll to read more Music News articles
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state.
Help us keep this coverage going with a one-time donation or an ongoing membership pledge.


Join Cleveland Scene Newsletters

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.