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The Beginning

The Black Eyed Peas Audio CD
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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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,084 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. The Time (Dirty Bit) (Album Version) 5:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Light Up The Night (Album Version) 4:210.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Love You Long Time (Album Version) 3:450.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. XOXOXO (Album Version) 3:450.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Someday (Album Version) 4:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Whenever (Album Version) 3:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Fashion Beats (Album Version) 5:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Don't Stop The Party (Album Version) 6:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Do It Like This (Album Version) 5:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The Best One Yet (The Boy) (Album Version) 4:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Just Can't Get Enough (Album Version) 3:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Play It Loud (Album Version) 4:200.99  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'.

BBC Review

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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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen Up Party People ! 2 Dec 2010
Format:Audio CD
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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4.0 out of 5 stars good 13 Jun 2014
By babs
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I gave it 4 stars because although good it isn't as good as the 1st album I would still recommend it to fans of this group
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent 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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5.0 out of 5 stars At last 7 April 2014
By Wendy b
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So glad I got this .. Just what I wanted ..been meaning to get some PE peas music for ages and finally got around to it ??can't stop playing it !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this CD 16 Jan 2014
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Will I am at his best lots of great songs to dance along to.It has been listened to many times
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4.0 out of 5 stars good 15 Nov 2013
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it what was expected, good condition, good price had it a while back now but everything about item was good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great present. 9 Feb 2013
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This is exactly what you would expect. Was delivered on time and as this was a present it was appreciated. Good value, and what you would expect from the Black Eyed Peas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love It 17 Jan 2013
Format:MP3 Download|Verified Purchase
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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