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I like the Black Eyed Peas and I also like electronic music. Both are lovely in the correct doses, but you should keep these far away from each other as possible because you keep them too close, you get moldy pieces of rotten cheese with rat droppings on top like this album. The E.N.D (The energy never dies) is the fifth studio album by The Black Eyed Peas. They took a new direction for their music: and it sucked.
Why does it suck? Because it's unoriginal, unclassy, generic, boring and it's not catchy. Catchy used to be their best trait. I see hear none of those lovely quirks they had in their previous work on this album. Prior to the album's release in 2009, I thought that they couldn't make a song more terrible than the mainstream filth track called My Humps.
Now my My first problem with this album is Boom Boom Pow. My personal nickname for this song is Poo Poo Cow. One of their first singles for the album. The song is like diarrhea it splattered all over the charts, the radio, music channels and iTunes. The lyrics are cocky and there's no effort being put on the vocals. Even on the auto tune they where lazy. They sound like robots on this track, I think maybe even robots would have more emotion.
There are also two other songs that I totally despise on this album and they where conveniently massive hits: Meet Me Half Way and I Got A Feeling. Both songs aren't half as horrible as Poo Poo Cow but they've both been overplayed to the point that they annoy me. I don't understand how they where big hits either. Both are really bland and boring. The other singles, Imma Be and Rock That Body are okay, but as anthems they are poor and forgettable.
"Shit so big, I'm stepping on leprechauns. Shitting on y'all with the Boom! Boom!" - Boom Boom Pow
Just because you're black guys, doesn't give you the right to pick on the Irish.
I struggled to connect with a lot of the tracks on the album because of the electronic and autotune abuse. I can't remember how most of them sound like because only Rock That Body, Simple Little Melody and Missing You can be remembered in a positive manner. The rest sounds like radio and club filler. I always skip to those three tracks and find listening to the other tracks as sometimes a horrible chore. Music shouldn't sound like a chore.
Simple Little Melody has many flaws. It starts of with Fergie sounding like Microsoft Sam doing a long adding sum which somehow equals to "B.E.P BITCH!". Then the fast paced music comes on and they start singing. They sing some nice notes but they're spoilt by the poor editing of the vocals. I think it would have sounded a letter better without them. I don't really know why I like it, I just do.
Missing You sounds sensational compared to all the other tracks on the album. It's hands down my favourite song from the album because I feel it is the best. It's dark and it's gloomy and one of the few tracks on the album that show their catchy traits and Fergie's vocals to good use. It seems to be made more for the fans than for the mass music market.
Speaking of Fergie, I don't understand why they have to edit her vocals so much. If there's no autotune on Fergie, you can guarantee that they will put her vocal pitch up so she sounds like she is squealing like they did in Rock That Body.
The album over all makes me feel depressed and angry. I loved Behind The Front, Bridging The Gap, Elephunk and Monkey Business. So it was an epic disappointment. The electronic route may have given them much more success, but quality is almost non existent.
This album will waste your time and infect your ears with dumb lyrics, distasteful audio edits and Poo Poo Cow. There are a few songs that are good, but the rest is stupid music. I will admit that the deluxe version has some very nice mixes of some of old songs.The only reason it's successful is because a lot them where purchased by robots. Don't bother with this album.
Firstly, lets clear one thing...The Black Eyed Peas are not splitting up. However the title of this album, 'The E.N.D.' would have you think otherwise. In fact, the album title is an acronym for the Energy Never Dies, and this LP certainly affirms that philosophy.
Moving away from their distinctive pop-hop sound (did I just coin a new phrase there? Well, I mean pop/rnb/hip-hop sound), the striking thing about the The E.N.D. is how technological it sounds. The vast majority of the tracks have an electro-pop feel; plenty of head bopping beats layered with synth hooks and copious amounts of auto-tuning.
"Rock that Body" already sounds like an instant classic dance tune, even with the chipmunk vocals from Fergie (aided by auto-tune...one assumes). Forthcoming single, "Meet Me Halfway" showcases Fergie's real voice, again, over an electro beat and synth chords while summer smash, "I Gotta Feeling", is as close to pure pop as this album gets.
The whole album is cleverly merged as one giant track and really hits all your senses, shifting from electro dance, to electro pop, to rnb-electro via the odd hint of an electro ballad! You get the impression that this album is Will.I.Am's wet dream. The aptly named track "Electric City" is a hustle and bustle of pure electro madness. Not since Timberland's "Shock Value" have I heard pop-production as slick as this. The remarkable thing is that it all sounds completely effortless, even improvised.
"Showdown" is the stand-out track of the album; with infinite catchy hooks and lyrics that embed themselves in your brain, this song sums up how infectious "The E.N.D." is.
And just when you thought the Peas had flooded your mind with as much musical magic as you can handle, they top it off by throwing in a harmonica.
Best record this group have recorded yet!
(P.S. This was an original review I wrote for a music website also)
I'll start by saying this is a brilliant album and a must have in your CD collection, even if you haven't been that keen on the Black Eyed Peas in the past. Personally, Black Eyed Peas had a few songs that i liked but they were never one of my favourite bands but this CD was reccomended to me by a work colleague and i was looking for a new CD anyway to play in my car so i thought i'd give it a go and i'm glad i did!
The CD features 16 tracks all of which merge into each other nicely without a gap in between, this makes the CD flow so well. The CD starts with a nice introduction that then leads you into the fantastic 'Boom Boom Pow' and then the CD just continues with some great tracks. I've regularly played this CD in my car over the last year and a half and i'm still not bored of it. The CD has a nice mix of both dancey and slow songs and they all have a catchy beat. I do have to say though the first half of the CD is a lot better than the second half as ypu'll see fro my ratings below. This would be a perfect CD to play when you have friends over because it will suit most tastes or if your like myself you'll play it in your car!
The tracklist is as follows;
1. Boom Boom Pow (10/10)
2. Rock That Body (7/10)
3. Meet Me Halfway (5/10)
4. Imma Be (10/10)
5. I Gotta Feeling (10/10)
6. Alive (6/10)
7. Missing You (8/10)
8. Ring-A-Ling (5/10)
9. Party All The Time (4/10)
10. Out Of My Head (3/10)
11. Electric City (2/10)
12. Showdown (5/10)
13. Now Generation (4/10)
14. One Tribe (5/10)
15. Rockin To The Beat (3/10)
16. Mare (5/10)
'Boom Boom Pow' & 'Imma Be' in particular always make me want to dance and 'I Gotta Feeling' always puts me in a great mood!
Priced at £4.49
After the Black Eyed Peas decided to take a break and do their own solo stuff, I was a bit late to get this album (only a couple of months ago) and I now ask myself "Why did I deprive myself for so long?"
When Boom Boom Pow first came out, I wasn't overly impressed as the band had turned in a completely different direction (which I wasn't used to). However as it became increasingly played, I found it highly addictive. Then they released I Gotta Feeling which became the most downloaded song of all time on iTunes. Black Eyed Peas started to get my attention. It was Rock That Body that pushed me over the edge and made me buy their album.
The album is comprised of 16 electro-pop tracks. All of them are very good however the ones that stand out the most are 'I Gotta Feeling' 'Rock that body' 'Imma Be' and 'Electric City'.
If you're after an album to dance to, sing along to, or get you energised for a night out, I highly recommend this! It shows the Black Eyed Peas in a whole new light, and they are one of the most talented bands to date.
==The E.N.D, (The energy never dies) - The Black Eyed Peas album==
Buying, Quality and Value for Money
I bought my copy of this CD from Tesco, for £9.89, but it can also be found in other supermarkets, or music stores like ZAVVI, HMV or Asda for around the same price. The CD is great value, and has 16 tracks on it, great value for money.
The CD case is quite odd. There are no pictures of the black eyed peas, just futuristic people who are featured in the "boom, boom pow" video, which is available to watch on YouTube if you haven't already seen it. On the back of the case is the name of the 16 songs, which are numbered and have the time that they play for after them. The actual CD is black, and in white writing at the top, it says "The E.N.D". The booklet is in the same design with the futuristic people doping different movements, and information about the songs and who produced and wrote it ect. On the centre page of the booklet, is a cubic picture o the band doing quirky poses, this is the only picture of them throughout the whole CD. Overall a nice, interesting presentation.
As I have said, there are 16 songs on the album, all containing some rap or male voicing, quirky voice alterations, Stacey Ferguson's amazing voice and great beats; I have written an overview of each of the songs here:
1. Boom Boom Pow 5:08 (UK and American number 1 for many weeks)
A totally bizarre yet wonderful song, filled with Fergie's female rap, Will I Am, Taboo And Apl De Ap's warped voices singing and rapping about Boom boom pow, totally random lyrics but it really works!
2. Rock that body 4:29 with David Guetta
This song is one of my favourites! Produced by David Guetta, one of my favourite producers! This song is full of great beats, and a cute chipmunky style voice. The song is about letting go and just rocking, a very good upbeat song. Has a disappointing begging though, apart from that, I love it!
3. Meet Me Half Way 4:44 (UK Number 1)
Another favourite, a slow song, with a good beat. The lyrics are quite confusing, yet inspiring and great to listen to.
4. Imma Be 4:16
A great, Fast Hip Hop style song that would be great to dance to. Contains a bit of offensive language. Fergie shows of her attitude with a great rap, but towards the end starts to loose its Hip Hop style, and starts to sound a bit bad):
5. I gotta Feeling 4:49 (UK and American number 1)
A great song to get ready to go out to, or to listen to at a party. A feel good song about the excitement of the night ahead, and how it feels like it's gonna be a good night!
6. Alive 5:03
A slow love song in a cool modern style. A nice chilled song.
7. Missing You 4:35
A faster love song. Great voices, a strong diva style voice from Fergie, and cool voices from the boys.
8. Ring-a-ling 4:33
I have played this song at my school, and everyone loved it! A great pop song to suit everyone. Fast, upbeat and funky.
9.Party all the time 4:44
This one reminds me a bit of I Gotta Feeling. A song that makes you feel good, the chorus is; If we could party all night, and sleep all day, and throw all of my problems away, my life would be easyâTM«. Groovy, fast and fun.
10 Out of my head 3:52
I'm not sure if I like this song, it's not as good as the others on the Album. In it Fergie plays a drunken woman and she says no one can stop her from drinking and stepping out of her head, and the boys are all laughing at her. A good beat but boring, uninspiring lyrics.
11.Electric City 4:08
This one you have to listen to a few times to let it grow on you, I really like it now. It has a Jamaican style to it, but is great. Contains a bit of Swearing.
12. Showdown 4:27
This one is a grower too. The chorus is the best I think. The song is about the showdown over the whole world. Filled with funky countdowns, strong voices and it makes you want to dance!
13. Now Generation 4:06
I like the beginning of this song, but it gets annoying after a while, and the voices of the singers have changed, and they don't sound as good. It has a Harmonica style background.
14. One Tribe 4:41
This song is about world peace and casting Amnesia, a great inspirational song. A regular tempo and some powerful lyrics.
15. Rockin to the beat 3:45
To be honest I haven't listened to this song the full way through, because its just not very good, basically. It's a mix of rock and warped voices, and I'm sorry to say it doesn't work too well.
16. Mare 2:55
This song is quite scary I think, its like a mix a mix of attitude rap, African tribe chanting and a whispering voice. The music changes from a Willy Wonka style tune to a heavy beat. I suppose it works, but it's not great.
Will I Am
A well-known artist and producer, who has worked with people such as Cheryl Cole and David Guetta. A cool African/American Voice, works well!
A great artist, with her own solo album also, she's not afraid to be who she is and is many people's Idol.
A cool member of the band, famous for is rapping, long hair and monkey-like features.
Apl De Ap.
Another band member. Famous for his Mexican-style moustache and imaginative hair style!
Thanks for reading!
Hope you enjoyed my review x
Black Eyed Peas - The E.N.D
The energy really does never die with this album! After four years the Black eyed peas are back and in my mind stronger than ever! A lot of the songs seem to have been computer generalised but I think it just adds to the greatness of the album.
My favourite song on this album has to be "I gotta feeling" as it is a feel good song and really sets you up for a night out or party etc. It seems simple yet unique and is one of the only songs not to be computer generated.
Another song from this album is "Meet me halfway" this will definitely get stuck in your head and has some really good lyrics. I also love the music video which goes with it and think it is just genius!
My least favourite track on this album has to be "Ima be" I prefer songs that you can sing along too and with this one I don't feel as though you can. I also find it a bit to repetitive and also very computer generated.
Overall this is a very strong album and definitely worth listening to!!
For the millions who enjoyed the four singles "Boom Boom Pow," "I Gotta Feeling," "Meet Me Halfway," and "Imma Be," this album is for you. It is full of dance-fused party music and catchy--if slightly non-sensical--self-empowerment lyrics.
In accordance with the four aforementioned singles, there are also plenty of potential future releases. "Rock That Body," "Missing You," and "Alive" could all be radio mainstays. Furthermore, "Party All The Time" and "Outta My Head" would prove adequate singles.
However, if you're an 'old school' Black Eyed Peas fan and prefer their earlier output, "The E.N.D" also contains numerous politically-aware tracks in the vein of "Where Is Love?". "Now Generation" asks today's youth to open their eyes to the suffering in the world in an attempt to eradicate the ignorance of society. It's a powerful message. One which provides a nice contrast to the mindless--yet fun--ramblings of the two monster hits "Boom Boom Pow" and "I Gotta Feeling." "The E.N.D" is definitely among the top releases of the last twelve months.
I havent bought a music CD for ages, a single or an album. I am normally quite happy listening to the radio without getting bored of one CD all the time. However as the Black Eyed Peas slowly released the songs off this album, I realised I loved each and every single one, and after weeks of singing along and requesting the songs in various clubs my boyfriend went out and bought the album for me.
The album is great, by now you will have heard a good few songs that have already been released, so you dont need me to tell you they are great. All of the songs are quick poppy and clubby except the slow song meet me halfway, a sort of ballard (or as close as the black eyed peas do to ballard anyway!).
As the album has been released for long enough now that most people know the singles that have been released I wont review these, but the rest of the album, just album tracks, not singles, are worth listening too aswell. One especially, towards the beginning of the album called rock your body is a great lively track.
I think all the tracks on this album are clubby party tracks. They all have a roboticy type feel to them, with a techno edge, and I honestly havent heard a single other group making music like this so I think the black eyed peas and this album is well ahead of its time.
A hip hop and r and b inspired album with great tracks, some of which have already been ranked highly within the charts and an overall great album to dance to, drive to and listen to to have fun.
The tracks generally are all dance based and are of excellent quality however a couple are slightly slower and more subdued but still great.
This is the real dance album of their time and they have moved on alot I feel from the classic hip hop that they started out to be and more scientific and electronic tracking is used within this album creating vocal distortion however this is not a criticism but enhances their work and capability.
If you like dance and hip hop this is ceratinly the album for you, great to drive to and dance to, as well as a perfect gift. Best album so far, with a long listed track list of up to 16, well priced and easily avaliable
This is a real album of two halves. The first containing the more commercial songs is completely brilliant, but when it starts to fade into songs with less obvious structures and melodies, the album becomes disappointing, but I am sure that it has a market.
Boom Boom Pow is incredibly infectious, it gets stuck in your head for hours. The first three songs all flow into each other very nicely, through Rock that Body, which is a brilliant party tune, fast paced and frenetic, to Meet me Halfway, demonstrating some of Fergie's best ever vocals. This song is perhaps the strongest on the album, even though it is one of the only slower songs showcased.
Imma Be is also a very catchy song, which doesn't quite have the brilliance of the first three tracks. However, I gotta feeling is brilliant, a real feel good song and one you will hear for many months.
All through out these first 5 songs, the BEPeas maintain what they are known for, clever raps on clever pop hooks.
But when you get to the second half of this frankly mammoth album, songs like Showdown and Mare are just poor rap efforts and it all begins to feel lazy. If you were to take the first 5 songs on their own however, you would have a contender for album of the year.
I have always been just a little bit sceptical about Black Eyed Peas, sure I love the songs they release, they're catchy and usually really, really good songs, however, after making the mistake of buying their previous two albums Monkey Business and Elephunk, and only listening to them a few times before deciding the only really good songs were the ones they released I was very sceptical about listening to this album.
Talking to a mate the other night, I was telling them I was a bit sceptical about buying the album, I have been known to waste my money on this band and I didn't want to do it again. He sent me the songs via msn and last night I sat down with them on in the background as I always do before writing a review and here is my opinion:
Who are Black Eyed Peas?
For a band that was created back in 1995, they only have released 4 albums, and only 3 of them have been even worth talking about. It wasn't until their album Elephunk back in 1999 that they really began to get known, here they picked up Fergie. The song that really got them known was Where Is The Love, a song which I still love to this day and a song which created a lot of good memories back when I was in middle school. In 2005 they released Monkey Business, in my opinion it wasn't as good as Elephunk but it still did pretty well. It was four years later that they released the album I am reviewing now, The E.N.D.
The E.N.D Track List
This bit is always existent within my music reviews, it's what I like to read in other peoples reviews, and the reason I write about each track, is to explain to people who are a bit sceptical about the album, which songs are worth checking out. Now most people buy their songs from ITunes, so I hope my review, and the fact that I warn them off a particular song, could save them what, 79p?
Track 1: Boom Boom Pow
I love this track, it was the first song I heard from the album, it must have been about 4 months ago now and I love the strong drum beat throughout the song, and of course Fergie and Will.I.Am's voice, both of them within this song are so strong and their voices just work brilliantly together.
I always used to criticise Fergie, I don't know why but when their first album Elephunk came out I was really against her, I didn't think her voice was really good, but now it seems her voice has got better over the years, and this song showcases her abilities. The song is awesome to listen to in a club, I have spent countless hours over the past 4 months dancing to this song when very sober and not so sober. It's such a catchy song and it's perfect within a club, or in a car or something along those lines.
It works brilliantly, it's a very catchy song and its one of the strongest from this band, I'm afraid however, it and It's Got A Feeling have been over played and a lot of people can't stand the song because they have heard it over and over again.
Rating: 9/10 (An awesome song to listen to, to dance to and to sing along to)
Track 2: Rock That Body
From the first few beats I knew this song wasn't going to be as good as Boom Boom Pow, the start of the song is not my kind of thing, but when they bring in Will.I.Ams voice and the almost chipmunk voice singing 'Rock Your Body', this song is actually quite pleasant to listen to. I don't think it's the best vocals from Will.I.Am but I really love the chipmunk voice, I'm not sure if it's Fergies voice sped up, but it works brilliantly in the song.
It is another 'dance' song, it's not really like anything from their previous albums, I know a lot of people are complaining about this album because it has too much 'dance' music in it and too many voice synthesisers within it, but for me this is the sort of song I would love to listen to in a club. I can't see myself singing along to it like I do Boom Boom Pow and I Got A Feeling, but it's still quite a cool song to listen to.
It could have been better, it's not the best Black Eyed Peas song I've ever heard but I really did enjoy listening to it. I don't think I'll be keeping it on my IPod though.
Rating: 6/10 (It's a great song and the sped up voice goes brilliantly, but it's not my usual kind of music and I won't be keeping it on my IPod)
Track 3: Meet Me Halfway
The song to begin with sounds like Fergie is going to sing a ballad, but a drum beat joins in, then I believe Apple or whatever his name is voice joins in, the song takes a while to get into, but when it gets to about 50 seconds, when Fergie begins to sing the chorus, I really begun to enjoy myself.
It's not the best Black Eyed Peas song I've heard, it's not even a 'good' one from them, but I did enjoy listening to it. The song maks you bob your head and you get a great chorus, the verse is quite weak, especially when Will.I.Am's voice joins in, it sounds like it's quite bored, but Fergie saves this song from becoming a 2. It's a good song to listen to, however I won't be putting it on my IPod, and I can't really see them releasing this as a single, if they do, I can't see it doing that well.
Rating: 4/10 (They have done much better than this, it was saved by Fergie in the chorus, the rest of the song seems like the boys were bored, I have just read that this might be their new single, apparently I was wrong)
Track 4: Imma Be
This is the sort of track that put me of the previous albums, this album so far has managed to stay away from them, Fergies voice is not really good when it comes to verses, I don't know why but when she is the lead singer and the boys are the backing vocals it just doesn't seem to work as well.
The chorus, of Imma Be is so annoying that by the end of the song you are really hoping you never hear this song again. It is the weakest on the album so far, it's so annoying that I'm afraid that I had to skip it half way through, I know I shouldn't really but the song is that annoying.
Rating: 2/10 (Not a good song, the first half has Fergie singing lead, Will.I.Am takes over near the end but it still can't get any better)
Track 5: I Gotta Feeling
Probably my favourite song of 2009 so far, is I Got A Feeling. It has caused my voice to go hoarse quite a few times over the last 3 months or so in clubs, when I've been singing along to it. It is probably the best song that Black Eyed Peas have released, okay maybe Where Is The Love might be it a little bit, but I can't see myself getting bored of this song. Everything is perfect, the lyrics are quite simplistic, it's easy to sing along to it, it's easy to dance to it, and it's easy to just have a great time to this song.
I know it's very over played, but for some reason that never seems to bother me, I am the sort of person who will happily sit on the computer with the same song on repeat for about 4 hours without a problem in the world, this is one of those songs that I have done that with. I love it, as soon as the song starts, the recognisable beat catches your attention, then they introduce obviously computerised violins or something like that, and then Will.I.Am's voice joins in.
It's a great song and it came out when I turned the legal age to go clubbing and to drink, I remember my first night in a club, this song came on about 6 times during the night as everyone kept on requesting it. I love the beat, and I love the contrast of the voices within the song. Just perfect in my eyes. One of the best Black Eyed Peas song ever.
Rating: 10/10 (One of the best Black Eyed Peas song, it has an awesome beat, simplistic lyrics, it's easy to dance to and easy to sing along to, what more could you want?)
Track 6: Alive
I remember listening to this song yesterday and really enjoying it, I think Will.I.am is using a vocoder during the song, which makes it a little bit less real, but it is quite a unique and quite a catchy song. It's not the best vocals from Fergie I have to say, she provides a great verse, but is over shone by Will.I.am.
I have to say I know where they got their idea for this song, there's a bit in the song "Your love, your love, your love" where I swear that they have taken it from My Humps there other song. Will.I.am really steels this song, and I think it becomes a really good song to listen to. Like some of the others on the album, it's good, but I can't really see it staying on my IPod for very long and if it does, it'll be skipped quite often. It is a good song, but it's not my usual type of music, and music like this don't last very long.
A good catchy song when Will.I.Am is singing, but the rest of them pull the song down a little bit, his voice, even behind a vocoder, is awesome.
Rating: 6/10 (Not bad, but just not my favourite song ever, will.i.am by far is the best singer on this track)
Track 7: Missing You
If you put this song on, the first thing that stood out for me was how beautiful that Fergie's voice sounded like, but then when I listened to the backing track, it seems like they've just taken the one from I Gotta Feeling and put it in this one.
I take my comment back from earlier when I said that Fergie was not a really good verse singer, her voice is the best thing in this song, she has a really strong and powerful voice and she really delivers within this song. Will.I.am is quite boring in this song, there doesn't seem to be much passion behind his voice and its a shame because this is one of the best vocals I've heard from Fergie before. If she had sung all of the verses and chorus' on her own then it would have been a much better song than it actually is.
Rating: 7/10 (A good song because of Fergie, the boys let it down slightly within this one)
Track 8: Ring-A-Ling
One of the worst things for me in songs is reparative lyrics which are really annoying and this song is the king of annoying reparative lyrics, the first minute or so is just them going ring-a-ling-a-ling, it's mainly Will.I.am singing throughout the song, Fergies voice joins in a bit, I remember reading a review on this before writing it, and they said the best lyrics within this song were 'ding a ling a ling'. Well yes I agree to this, 90% of the song has these lyrics in, for me it ruins the song.
I think the reason I hate this song, is that Will.I.am sounds so bored throughout the whole song, it's not an enjoyable song to listen to and I won't be keeping it on my computer.
Rating: 2/10 (A very weak link, even the singers seem bored when singing this song)
Track 9: Party All The Time
This sounds like it's going to be another I Got A Feeling or Boom Boom Pow song, it starts of very slow, and doesn't really speed up, the chorus is awesome and I can just imagine dancing along to this in a club and singing along. Will.I.am and Fergie are at their best with this song, the lyrics Party All The Time do get a little bit repetitive throughout the track, but it is still a good catchy song and I'm going to keep it on my IPod because I know it's one of those songs that I will love in a few weeks after a few listens.
Fergie's voice is very strong, it works brilliantly with Will.I.am's voice, especially in the chorus, I really love the chorus, very catchy and I know as soon as this is released as a single, well if they do release it as a single, that people will be dancing in clubs to Party All The Time. A really good song already, and I know I will love it even more in a few weeks.
The song has a few problems, the tune to the song changes throughout and I believe this is due to the fact that the music seems to have been 'made' all on a computer, I have no problems with this, it works with this song, but I'm not sure what stuff is sung by them or through a computer or vocoder.
Rating: 8/10 (I know I will love it more in a few weeks but at the moment it's just 8/10, very catchy and I can see myself dancing to it in a club)
Track 10: Out of My Head
This song could have been a lot better, if it was sped up a little bit it would have worked a lot better, the song is completely sung by Fergie and it is quite disappointing in some places, the beat makes your head bob but the rest of the song, is very boring, I think it's just a little bit too slow, I am however going to keep this one on my computer, because I don't know why but I can see it becoming a grower.
This is another track where Fergie is the lead singer in the track, and again her voice is just not up to par, she is more likely speaking throughout it, it's nothing really special for her, but I can see the drum beat sticking in my head and me liking this in a few weeks, it's a very weird song because of this.
Rating: 5/10 (It's a 50/50 song, at the moment I'm not to impressed, but it does have a good beat and the lyrics are good, and I know I usually like tracks like this)
Track 11: Electric City
I hate this song, it's another one with Fergie singing and she's almost attempted to put like a Mexican feel to her voice, but in the end she just sounds a bit retarded to be honest, I love the chorus, that's why this song hasn't got the worse rate, it's not a great song at all, but I love the beat used throughout it and all of the instrumentals on it, but it's ruined by Fergie's voice, when Will.I.am's voice joins in, it becomes alright, but most of the song is quite disappointing.
Rating: 3/10 (Saved by the great drum beat, but ruined by Fergies voice)
Track 12: Showdown
Another disappointing song on this album, it's not as bad as the previous one, but it is not a pleasant song to listen to, I was quite disappointed because, as they have demonstrated in songs like I Gotta Feeling, their voices do work brilliantly together, however this one sounds like a clash of different voices and doesn't seem to work like you would expect it to.
A very boring song and not one I will willingly listen to again, very disappointing and their voices become quite painful when they come together.
Rating: 4/10 (A bit better than the previous song, but nothing special here at all)
Track 13: Now Generation
The start of the song sounds like it's going to be a great song, mainly due to the fact the guitar makes it sound almost like a rock song, however Fergie and Will.I.am have both used things to change their voices a little bit, and they don't work at all. Fergie sounds like she's screaming throughout her bits, which is never going to be good, especially with a voice like hers which is either good or really really bad. The chorus could have been brilliant for her, but she screams it rather than singing it. Will.I.am I'm afraid does nothing for the song as well, he has the habit of sounding a bit bored in songs and this is another example of this.
The guitar beat throughout the song makes it a little bit better, but it is a very boring song, and quite painful to listen to, especially when Fergie starts screeching.
Rating: 4/10 (Not a good song at all, it's not awful, the guitar beat throughout is great, but Fergie really really is not a good singer within this track)
Track 14: One Tribe
When listening to this song, I have a sense on déjà vu. I'm suddenly back in middle school listening to Where is The Love and singing along at the top of my lungs on a trip to London. What I am trying to say here, is this is almost a carbon copy of Where is The Love, it doesn't hold a torch to Where is the Love which was an awesome song, but it's still a really good song.
Gone here are the electronics, the synthesisers and vocorders, and now they are relying on the things that have got them this far over the past 10 years or so, there god given talent. This song like where is the Love is about peace and love and evil in the world and it is a lovely song, I'm quite disappointed that it's at the back of the album, I think because of the album being quite weak, they will not get this far. A gorgeous track, one I was very surprised about and one I will be keeping on my computer. It has a very African tribe feel about it which makes it very unique compared to the other songs on the album.
Rating: 9/10 (Not perfect as I think it's completely out of place on this album, but it is one of the best songs on the album)
Track 15: Rockin To The Beat
This sounds pretty much like Fergie just messed around with some music software on the computer and they thought, 'ooohh this is great, lets add a little bit of vocals at the end and put it on the album'. It's a waste of my time, especially being at over 3 minutes long, but it was a weak track and not even worth listening to.
Rating: 1/10 (No point to it, a child could have created something like this)
Track 16: Mare
This song just kind of defines the whole album, okay, nothing special and just a waste of time to listen to in places. Not a good song, and there's this weird little bell sound every 3 or 4 seconds, which is the exact copy of the sound when you do something bad on your computer and it doesn't like it. It took me a while to realise it was in the song and my computer wasn't spazzing out.
Rating: 2/10 (A song which defines the album, okay in places, but overall quite weak)
I'm afraid The Black Eyed Peas have done exactly what I thought they would do, exactly what they always do. My mate, who sent me this album, completely disagrees with this review, he loves the album, stating it's the best they have ever done, I disagree. Songs like I Gotta Feeling and Boom Boom Pow are the highlights of the album, and some songs like One Tribe are almost carbon copy of songs they have produced before.
I have never been gladder that I have not brought an album before; this album was very poor, with most of the songs not even getting above a 6, if you have read any of my previous reviews you will know that this is very rare for me.
The album in places does seem like the music was all created on a computer, they have a habit of using computer drum beats within the song, you can tell that a lot of the chords are synthasised and there is just too much use of vocoder effects throughout the songs. It makes them a little bit less real and it would have worked a lot better without some of them in some of the songs. I think there is one song on the whole album "One Tribe" which doesn't sound like it has been created on a computer. Songs like Rocking to the Beat sound like a child has messed around with the computer and created a small piece of music.
You can never knock The Black Eyed Peas for being original, they only sound like themselves all of the time, they are a very good band and when you say 'I've heard this before', you will find yourself looking in their back catalogue and not anyone else's. Their music and their style is their own and you really can't knock this band at all.
I may not be able to knock them for originality but they really don't show all of the good sides of their voices within this album. Most of the songs have Fergie screeching her way through and Will.I.am sounding bored and the other two, just making grunting noises in the background. The singing is good in songs like I Gotta Feeling and their voices work brilliantly together, but in most of the songs on this album, their voices work against each other and it makes the songs quite painful to listen to.
The Energy Never Dies
The E.N.D should have been brilliant; they decided to make their songs a lot more 'new age' and electro funk ish. It did not work however, they should have stuck to what they were good at and in my opinion the songs were not very good at all. I love the cover to this album, very unique and you can't doubt that it stands out on the shelf.
Value for Money
Well I'm glad I didn't waste a dime on this album, I feel sorry for my mate who paid about £8 for the album (even though he kind of enjoyed the album). It wasn't worth the money in my opinion, mainly because they relied too heavily on electronic effects and the like.
I would not recommend this album myself, especially if you were disappointed with The Black Eyed Peas other albums. The vocals were not up to par and I think there are only 3 songs on the album, that I myself will willingly listen to again. I am not a fan of screeching in songs, and Fergie ruined a lot of them by doing this. I really don't think too much passion went into this album at all, at times the singers sound bored and like they can't wait to get on with recording the next track. Not something you want to hear when paying so much money for the album.
One of the worst albums I've heard this year, their songs I Gotta Feeling, Boom Boom Pow and One Tribe are fantastic however and if you haven't heard any of them, then I would recommend checking them out as they are truly brilliant. The rest of the songs were not for me at all.
A weak album, which should have been a lot, a lot better.
(C) Kirsty 2009
Overall Album Rating: 67/160
The Black Eyed Peas are back.
On a recent holiday abroad, i realised just how successful their chart-topping comeback single "Boom Boom Pow" is- streching to number-one internationally. And i think i know why...because its so damn good.
Ditto new 15-track album "The E.N.D" ("The Energy Never Dies") in which Will.I.Am, Apl.de.ap, Taboo and Fergie reach us with hard beats, punchy lyrics and L.A club-inspired songs about life, partying and dance. Although similar issues are sung about, this album has a bit more of an electronic feel than previous ones like "Elephunk" and "Monkey Buisness" which are more R'n'B/ soul. The E.N.D, featuring Boom Boom Pow and "I Gotta Feeling", has adapted a hard club aura with a less neat, more messy theme.
As their fifth studio album, it is in high demand, which was pretty predictable when taking a glance at the front of the album. It is a computerised picture of the bandmates faces put together.
Thats a little strange. But thats just them. And we wouldn't have them any other way.
This is a review of the Deluxe Edition of the E.N.D. which includes an additional 10-track CD.
While this album shows a change of direction for the Peas, they have held on to the slick production, catchy hooks, varied samples and decent beats that have made their previous albums so successful. On the first CD are 15 mostly top-quality tracks, with highlights including the catchy and uplifting singles Boom Boom Pow and I Gotta Feeling respectively; Alive, a electrified love song with chilled vocals by Will I Am; the funky bass-licked Out Of My Head; the low-key, rocky Generation Now; and the world-minded, Where-is-the-love-style One Tribe. Featuring a good mixture of sounds, some poor and hamsterfied vocals from Fergie, and lyrics that are sometimes infectiously catchy, sometimes perceptive and smart, the overall impression is a positive one. While Black Eyed Peas outsiders might describe this music as a poor-man's shot at a Kanye West album, fans will realise that the Peas have upheld their own style via distinctive vocals, lyrics linked with previous albums, and their familiar, upbeat songs about partying, relationships, and just having a damn good time.
The second CD (unique to the deluxe edition) was less positively received by me. I would say it is probably not worth paying an extra £4 for, other than for a listen to the couple of experimental remixes of songs from Monkey Business and Elephunk. Shut The Phunk Up (a play on Shut Up from Monkey Business) is noticeably the best of the bunch, with added backing vocals and instruments which lift the song into a standalone track, unlike the other attempts. For example, Pump It Harder is a sped down version of the popular first track Pump It, which begins with the irritating repetition of a sample from the original which feels like a basketball is being bounced against your head. The other additional tracks are distinctly average. I can imagine if you bought this version of the album, this second CD would gather dust.
I would recommend this Deluxe Edition only to hardcore fans who want a copy of all of the bands' music. Otherwise, definitely buy the normal version.
After recently hearing "boom boom pow" on the radio, i researched this song to find it was the black eyed peas. I was shocked as they have moved onto more hip-hop sounding style songs. And having been an original fan of the black eyed peas, i am pleased to say i love their new allbum too.
It includes many songs with features of rap incorporated into them. This being a good or bad point? i do not know. I love the new feel about the songs and are glad that they have changed the genre that they work in. All the songs are great from start to finish and really stick in your head!
I'm glad to see that Fergie gets more of a lead role in these songs as before she was just a backing singer. I really enjoyed listening to this album and its great to listen to during a journey.
Overall, it's a fantastic album, with some really truly fantastic tracks on- youll be singing them all day!
The E.N.D. (the Energy Never Dies) is the fifth album released by the Black Eyed Peas, in this album the band claim to be introducing the new sound of 'electrophunk', which to be honest compared to their other tracks is quite different and though good, is not as good as the previous albums including Monkey Business and Elephunk.
You can buy The E.N.D in most good music shops for around £10 which is a decent enough price for it, though I dont think I would pay much more for it as it wasnt a 'fantastic' album, you can also listen to this album for free on Spotify if you have an account (which is free as well, see my spotify review).
The Track Listing for The E.N.D. is as follows:
1.) Boom Boom Pow
2.) Rock That Body
3.) Meet Me Halfway
4.) Imma Be
5.) I Gotta Feeling
7.) Missing You
9.) Party All The Time
10.) Out Of My Head
11.) Electric City
13.) Now Generation
14.) The Tribe
15.) Rockin To The Beat
Boom Boom Pow
This is the 1st track that was released off this album, its already a hit in clubs and is great for getting you in a good mood for going out. It is a great song and is my favourite off the whole album.
This is a song about being sucessful and is really upbeat and fun, its another really good song to listen to when your getting ready to go out for a dance and let your hair down, this song has abit of attitude which is another reason I like it.
I Gotta Feeling
This song is more mellowed out and is about that feeling at the start of the night you just know its going to be a good night, its a really positive and happy song and is another one of my favourites off the album.
There are no songs on this album that I dont like, though there are some that are better than others, and as an overall album it doesnt really compare well to their previous albums. However if you are a fan it may be worth a listen to.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Boom Boom Pow
2 Rock That Body
3 Meet Me Halfway
4 Imma Be
5 I Gotta Feeling
7 Missing You
8 Ring-A-Ling n
9 Party All The Time
10 Out Of My Head New
11 Electric City
13 Now Generation
14 One Tribe
15 Rockin To The Beat
16 Mare Album