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If there’s one constant in the career of the [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Black Eyed Peas[/lastfm], it’s the ability to produce hit after hit and their latest album The Beginning
is no exception.Beats. They are the distinguishing factor in The Beginning
, which is obviously the Black Eyed Peas next evolution as a group.The album from start to finish is made to be played in clubs taking the best beats out there and combining them in a way that will not only be played mercilessly on-air at radio stations across the country, but in just about any club that plays music.
Like they tend to do, the [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Black Eyed Peas[/lastfm] continue on their trend to dominate the space in your head where a catchy tune gets stuck. Although you will love almost every track on this album, they will also easily become the hated tune that takes up space in your brain when you want silence.The post-pop album does little disenfranchise itself from the things critics have been complaining about for years. The same things that have catapulted the group as an internationally famous touring pop act, selling out stadiums and albums at a time in music where album sales are rapidly declining.The lead single and first track off The Beginning
, “The Time (Dirty Bit)” sets the tone for the whole album. The song samples “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” the theme song from the 1987 film Dirty Dancing.
Amazingly, the group manages to take a song that has an extremely clear association to a specific movie and not only update it, but establish it as an incredible dance track that happens to sample the theme song from Dirty Dancing.
Still, it is the heavy production of the album that saves it because it certainly isn’t the lyrics. A clear example of this is in the song “XOXOXO” with the lyrics:Girl you stole my heart like a klepto/Butterfly’s in my tummy need pepto.
It’s clear what they’re getting at, but it seems silly and lackluster when compared with the catchy tunes, which is exactly what sells Black Eyed Pea albums.
Is this “The Beginning” worth the buy? Absolutely. Despite the fact that it is the combined parts of all good and bad things in dance music, it actually really works. Like the work of [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]David Guetta[/lastfm] this album will appeal to people who love underground house music and to people looking for the next big thing in pop. Plus, buying it now will save you the time when you end up having to buy it later because you cannot get the song out of your head.[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Black Eyed Peas[/lastfm] The Begininng Tracklisting:
- “The Time (Dirty Bit)”
- “Light Up The Night”
- “Love You Long Time”
- “Fashion Beats”
- “Don’t Stop The Party”
- “Do It Like This”
- “The Best One Yet (The Boy)”
- “Just Can’t Get Enough”
- “Play It Loud”
Black Eyed Peas “Do It Like This”:
Black Eyed Peas “The Time (Dirty Bit)”:
Black Eyed Peas’ The Beginning
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