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on 22 April 2016
The Black Eyed Peas transcended hip-hop to become one of the most commercially successful pop groups of the 2000s. Their career began modestly, with a pair of albums inspired by the positive-minded likes of A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul.

The group's earliest connections go back to the early `90s, when high schoolers will.i.am (William James Adams, Jr.) and apl.de.ap (Allan Pineda Lindo, Jr.) were part of Tribal Nation, a breakdancing crew. Eventually the pair focused more on music and split off on their own as Atban Klann, their esoteric name an acronym for A Tribe Beyond a Nation.

Upon the death of Eazy-E in 1995 and any further deals with Ruthless Records, will.i.am and apl.de.ap recruited another dancer/MC, Taboo (Jaime Luis Gómez), and reappeared as Black Eyed Peas. In 1998 their debut, Behind the Front, was released on the Interscope label to critical acclaim. BEP's 2000-issued sophomore release, Bridging the Gap, featured guest appearances from Jurassic 5's Chali 2na, De La Soul, and Macy Gray. "Request Line," a single that reached number two on Billboard's rap chart.

A corner was turned soon after the addition of Fergie (Stacy Ann Ferguson), a member of the group Wild Orchid. BEP's first album with Fergie, 2003's Elephunk, stormed the Top 40 with three singles -- "Where Is the Love?" (Number 8 hit), "Hey Mama (Number 23 hit)," and "Let's Get It Started (Number 21 hit)." Two years later, the quartet returned with Monkey Business, which pushed them into the pop stratosphere courtesy of the hit singles "Don't Phunk with My Heart"(Number 3 hit) and "My Humps."(Number 3 hit) In the U.S., it went triple platinum. In the meantime, Fergie released her solo album The Duchess with multiple number 1 hits.

In 2009, amid the long run at Number 1 with Boom Boom Pow (eventual Billboard Number 1 Song Of 2009), BEP released their monster album The E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies). It sold 2 million copies in US, with multiple Number 1 hits, like I Gotta Feeling (14 weeks at Number 1), Meet Me Halfway, Imma Be and Rock That Body. In a recent interview with Ryan Seacrest on American Top 40 show, BEP explained the meaning of The E.N.D.: they had the vision of the end of the record stores, like Tower Records in US, and in Toronto, Sam The Record Man, A&A, CD Plus and Tower Records. What a sad vision, but true.

Now BEP released their latest album The Beginning, the opposite to The E.N.D. They explained to Ryan Seacrest that they stayed ahead of the current trend by experimenting new sound as DJs and also keep a close pulse on the dance scene.

The Beginning does not have the same impact as the E.N.D. as far as singles are concerned. Their lead single The Time (Dirty Bit) has finally reached Number 1 in UK and Canada. On Billboard Hot 100, it peaked at Number 4. As you are already a BEP fan, this latest album is no brainer: a must, with lots of danceable tunes. Please note that there are actually FOUR separate versions of this album.

Regular version:
1. The Time (Dirty Bit)
2. Light Up The Night
3. Love You Long Time
4. Xoxoxo
5. Someday
6. Whenever
7. Fashion Beats
8. Don't Stop The Party
9. Do It Like This
10. The Best One Yet (The Boy)
11. Just Can't Get Enough
12. Play It Loud

Canadian Deluxe Edition
12 tracks, plus:
1. The Situation
2. The Coming
3. Own It

Canadian Super Deluxe Edition (2 discs)
Disc 1: 15 tracks as in the Canadian Deluxe Edition
Disc 2: (Best Of The E.N.D.)
1. Boom Boom Pow
2. I Gotta Feeling
3. Meet Me Halfway
4. Imma Be
5. Rock That Body

UK Super Deluxe Edition (2 discs)
Disc 1 18 tracks:
Additional tracks to regular edition:
1. The Situation
2. The Coming
3. Own It
4. Everything Wonderful, featuring David Guetta
5. Phenomenon
6. Take It Off
Disc 2: Best Of The E.N.D.
5 tracks as above

This album The Beginning is highly recommended. Do choose wisely.
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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!

Final track 'Play It Loud' does indeed benefit from being played...erm...loud!
An uplifting, generous, rich and endlessly rolling anthem to greet the sunrise.

'The Beginning' made me smile so many times my jaws ached.

Glorious Stuff!
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on 17 December 2010
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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on 3 December 2010
"The Beginning" comes hot on the heels only 1 year after the previous album "The End". Unlike that album "The Beginning" doesn't deliver any real classics, though is by a long shot more consistent than their previous albums, there's nothing on here that really touches the likes of "Ive got a feeling" "Meet me halfway" "Rock your body" etc for sheer brilliance, though the tracks "Play it loud" "The Situation" and "Whenever" come awfully close and are by far the best tracks on the album. ( Maybe they will eventually become classics..we'll see?) As some have mentioned there's little Fergie on here,think she appears on about 6 songs or so and that's it and only really gets 1 track to herself, will.i.am takes centre stage and uses his old buddy auto tune to help him along, will is a very good producer and the musical backbone of the group but his rapping and singing skills are mearly average so it's a shame then that he gets so much of this album to himself, Apparently the album was recorded whilst on tour and it does smack a bit rushed in places, with it lacking some of the killer killer classic tunes of "The End" the album as a whole though is bar far the most consistent they have done so far and the electro production is both punchy and progressive. "The End" was an ok album but had 4 classic singles that made it sell millions, the rest of that album wasn't really that fantastic to be honest, so back and listen to "The End" and then "The Beginning" and clear that the latter is the more consistent album

"The Beginning" probably wont win them any new fans but as a whole album it works far better than their previous ones.

Also if you are getting this then get the Super deluxe version as it has 6 extra tracks over the standard version and another 3 over the regular deluxe version. You will only find the brilliant "The Situation" on either of the deluxe editions. The super deluxe also features "Everything wonderful" feat David Guetta which is another cool track.
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on 2 December 2010
This album is vry repetitive and boring for the most part. A real let down after the last few abums which wer really excellent. It seems will'i'am likes to hear the sound of his own voice way too much as he features far too much on every single track! And he sounds the same in almost every one lol! As for the other two male members of the band....are they even on this record?? Cos i cant identify them on any of the tracks. How can they b happy with this?

Also fergie is one of the best female vocalists around at the minute....she can hit the notes perfectly and can actualy sing live which is a rare thing. She can do pop, rock,club tunes, classical....So why is she featured so little on this album??? shes prob the best thing about the band after the writing skills of wil.i.am. But here she is reduced to one liners and corus parts only! Listen to her solo album and the work she has done recently with slash! she needs to b to the front of every single track in my opinion. Did she opt for this back seat position? if not she being done a great injustice by her so called band mate.
Another letdown with the album is the over use of repetition, repating the same word 10-12 times throughout a song aint vry good to b honest and becomes vry boring very quickly and less of the vocoder and auto tune it jst sounds awful!! you hav destroyed fergie's voice by reducing her to a autotuned gimmick! more chipmunk that powerful voice....on what level was this ever gonna b a goofd thing?

Wil.i.am is in danger of headin to that lonely place thats only so far inhabited by Kanye West. Will ur not the best thing about the peas and u should take a back seat in terms of the vocals. a tad deluded on this record cos u seem to think ur the only real member in the band. Vry disappointing!
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on 12 January 2011
Very disappointing Album. I feel it was rush released off the back of the last Album they tried to copy the sound of the last Album (The E.N.D.) but have taken it too far it sounds like an experimental album or a load of B-Sides. I find it hard to name any songs which would be suitable for singles unless they completely change them. I think they would of been better off having it as a double album/re-release of the END with "The Time Dirty Bit" as the lead single. Do not buy unless you are an absolute fan.
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on 5 February 2011
If you're wondering about buying this CD, please think again! Many BEP fans weren't too happy about the E.N.D. due to its more pop-commercial dance sound. If you hated that album you will not like this album, since it is full of replayed, recycled and re-sampled beats and vocals that are incredibly monotonous (I love dance music, but this is an insult to anyone in the genre!).
If you loved the E.N.D. you will not like this album, since it is full of the same songs played over and over again. no originality here people! the songs never even reach a peak, they just drone on and on in a senseless babble. (even worse than david guetta's new work).
Like the review in the description, it seems as though the peas have steered clear of their fanbase and roots, so if you hated everything about the black eyed peas until now, maybe this album is for you?
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on 29 May 2014
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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on 12 April 2011
This albums is no where near as good as The E.N.D there is only 3 tracks that I like:
The Time
Love You Long Time
The rest for me a frankly a little bit boring and not much to brag about i feel they could have done so much better with this album
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on 17 January 2013
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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