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They've transcended their vigilant hip-hop roots and have become a global phenomenon, the likes of which the music world has rarely seen. Ever-curious and ever-confident, that group is The Black Eyed Peas, and after energizing crowds 'round the globe with the monster-stomp of Elephunk, it's time for the quartet – William, Fergie, apl.de.ap and Taboo to get down to business ... Read more in Amazon's The Black Eyed Peas Store

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  • Audio CD (29 Nov. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Interscope
  • ASIN: B00475AQIU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,806 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  1. The Time (Dirty Bit) (Album Version) 5:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Light Up The Night (Album Version) 4:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Love You Long Time (Album Version) 3:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Xoxoxo (Album Version) 3:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Someday (Album Version) 4:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Whenever (Album Version) 3:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Fashion Beats (Album Version) 5:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Don't Stop The Party (Album Version) 6:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Do It Like This (Album Version) 5:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. The Best One Yet (The Boy) (Album Version) 4:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Just Can't Get Enough (Album Version) 3:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Play It Loud (Album Version) 4:20£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Sixth studio album by the American hip hop group. The follow-up to their commercially successful predecessor, 'The E.N.D.', the album features the hit single 'The Time (Dirty Bit)', which samples '(I've Had) The Time of My Life' from the film 'Dirty Dancing'.

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The dramatic, internet-fuelled crash in record sales has done weird things to pop. In decades passed, a gigantic global hit like previous Black Eyed Peas album The E.N.D. would infuse the mastermind behind it with a megalomaniac confidence, leading him to make the next album into a self-indulgent art statement that would either be masterpiece or brazen folly. But times have changed, and the main thing that The Beginning reminds us is that William Adams, aka will.i.am, led a self-consciously right-on, Fugees-lite, version of The Black Eyed Peas for eight years before hiring a singing blonde and grabbing a hit with the bland platitudes of Where is the Love?.

Therefore, and presumably with fear of past failure never far away, Will and company have followed monstrous success with an album that sounds like 2009’s Boom Boom Pow and I Gotta Feeling megahits got fed into a new software program that breaks songs into robot parts and reassembles them into infinite copies made slightly different by tiny details – a Chic sample here, a KC And The Sunshine Band melody there, a tweak of the ubiquitous auto-tuner everywhere. The Beginning is a depressing listen, not because the music’s that bad, but because it implies that even the most successful pop producer on the planet can’t afford to indulge in anything that might be construed as intelligent or interesting, lest the masses run away screaming in terror. It betrays a contempt for its audience, and disquietingly low levels of self-belief on the part of corporate American pop.

You want details? Okay. Twelve songs called things like Don’t Stop the Party, Just Can’t Get Enough and… Lord help us… Love You Long Time. Beats shamelessly purloined from five-year-old electro-house tunes. An entire lyric sheet consisting of lines about being in clubs cribbed from older, cooler records. Fergie increasingly reduced to an Auto-Tuned vocal effect. The bit from Dirty Dancing in pre-ordained chart hit The Time (Dirty Bit) which sounds like cheeky pop hooliganism until you listen to the album and realise that BEP are not being ironic. Dirty Dancing fits the audience demographic, pure and simple. And one suspects that if someone at the label told them that Black Lace and The Birdie Song were the nostalgic faves of American Idol fans, Will would be hooking those babies up to something The Chemical Brothers left in a skip before you could say, "But wasn’t Boom Boom Pow actually quite brilliant?"

Beware pop geniuses – hanging out with Cheryl and Simon can seriously damage your talent.

--Garry Mulholland

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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After the mammoth success of last years "The E.N.D"(the energy never dies) album Black eyed Peas have quickly followed up with a new album "The Beginning", and main man Will.i.am has incorporated lot's of beats and samples and by the sounds of things lots of autotune and is all good fun! But one thing strikes as you listen to the album is that Fergie is not used enough on vocals, have the Pea's forgot who they were before she joined them the release of 2003's breakthrough album "Elephunk",I know it's not that it's hard to find Fergie material as she does guest on a lot of musicans tracks but surely the one place we should be guarnteed to hear her is on her own band's record, it looks like super producer Will.i.am wants a bit more of the spotlight.

But on an album packed with fun tracks we shall give it to him, first single of the album
Hot on the heels of last years massive selling album The E.N.D(the energy never dies), The Black Eyed Peas deliver another big album full off big beats, samples and maybe (whisper it quietly) autotune, The Beginning is full of all these things and while it's not as good as last years mega album it's still alot of fun, and while for a long time the Peas were happy to ride on Fergies crossover appeal for a couple of albums, however carrying on since last years "The E.N.D" they have become more daring in their musical style.

First single "The Time (Dirty Bit)" looks to hook people in with some nostalgia as it samples the old Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes song from the movie Dirty Dancing, but it's far from a cover version just a clever sample to hook people in. They even give us a bit of hip hop "Light Up the Night" which samples Slick Ricks "Childrens Story" to good effect.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Dec. 2010
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2009's 'The E.N.D. (the Energy Never Dies)' was a fan-divider.
For many it was a nice surprise. For others it was the kiss of death;
a downward spiral to oblivion. I loved it to bits!

'The Beginning' invites us to yet another big night out. It's party album.
From the opening bars of 'The Time (Dirty Bit)', which cheekily
incorporates the sublime chorus of disco classic '(I've Had The) Time
Of My Life', we just know that we're going to be having a good time!

The manifesto laid down by 'The E.N.D,' is refined and distilled still
further. Sometimes it's pared down to the barest of bones.
'Love You Long Time' for example relies on little more than the
simplest synth and percussion arrangement to make it's mark.
Stark, unadorned yet nonetheless utterly addictive! Perfect pop.

'Someday' gets a bigger, broader production. The addition of guitar
adds a little welcome texture to the mix. It's a terrific tune.
Just when I thought I was getting a bit tired of electronic vocal
treatments I found myself listening with revitalised ears. B.E.P. do it
better and fresher than most. Having good voices to begin with helps!

With 'Whenever', however, we come to the warm, beating heart of the album.
It's stunner! Fergie nails the beautiful melody to the mast with classy aplomb.
Surely this lady possesses one of the finest voices of her generation!

'Fashion Beats' is a delightful cut-and-paste piece of disco heaven.
You can almost smell the cloud of Poison and Kouros filling up the dance floor!

'Do It Like This' is silly in the nicest possible way. A jar full of sticky sweets.
Bad for your teeth but impossible to keep still to for more than five seconds!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stylianos Papanikolaou on 29 May 2014
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I have said it a lot times in the past but i will say it a lot times too in the future, thank you so much zoverstocks for your service and product!!! Excellent as always!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Mayers on 17 Jan. 2013
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Great Song, Great Sound, Sounds great on the pc, and my MP3 player. Would recommend to everybody who will listen lol
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Wishbone on 17 Dec. 2010
Format: Audio CD
My expectations for this album were really high, however following 'The E.N.D. with another quality album was always going to be a hard task but I didn't think it would sound like this.

The new style the B.E.Ps have taken on since 'the end' has divided opinion (mine included) but at least on 'the end' had some great anthems which had a unique style. Unfortunately most tracks on 'The Beginning' exude the repetitive, dull half arsed dance music normally associated with the one hit wonder of each weekly chart. This isn't helped by the lack of imagination of the lyrics which also are reptitive, dull and half arsed. Clearly the BEP's are feeling the hangover of all the non stop partying they are purveying because when I hear 'don't stop the party' it makes think that it was made whilst everyone was still drunk the morning after the night before.

However there are some tracks that save this album from being a complete disaster; 'the time (dirty bit)', 'fashion beats', 'the situation' and also some great samples that add more depth to this extremely shallow album.

The most frustrating thing is this album could have been brilliant. Will.I.Am set a new agenda for the BEP's with 'The End' and fans have followed the great anthems of 'The End' to this album with high expectations, unfortunately in my opinion it's a victim of the success of 'The End' and I'm left hoping the next album will take some cues from elephunk and monkey business and less from the autotune craze that plagues this one. Leave the mindless dance tracks to Cascada please Mr Will.I.Am and concentrate on what made the BEPs so good in the first place! Overall it seems rushed, uninspired and merely a poor imitation of the best parts of 'The End' which there were only a few.

'The Beginning' = Mostly filler and very little killer.
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