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The Beginning

The Black Eyed Peas 11/30/2010


Described by the band alternately as “a fresh new perspective” and “the beginning of a new era of Pea world domination” and “what is actually happening in the world right now,” The Beginning inevitably follows The E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies), which boasted the number one single in America -- either “Boom Boom Pow” or “I Gotta Feeling” -- during fully half of 2009, including every single summer day (and then some). Although the lead single here prominently samples an ‘80s touchstone, and on the cover the Peas are displayed as pixelated preteens, Nintendo fashion, The Beginning isn’t a nostalgia trip. Barring a Slick Rick or Chic sample here and a Mr. Roboto reference there (plus buckets of hi-res synth driving the productions), nothing else directly evokes the ‘80s. As on their last two LPs, it’s heavily reliant on nightclub anthems and’s throwback rapping, alongside Auto-Tune harmonies and waves of synth. David Guetta appears on only one track, but his production job for 2009’s “I Gotta Feeling” casts a long shadow on this record of don’t-stop-the-party jams and club-life tracks. It leads off with a pumping first single, “The Time (Dirty Bit),” built off “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life,” the inescapable duet by Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes from 1987’s Dirty Dancing. Other highlights include that lone David Guetta production, “The Best One Yet (The Boy),” and “Don’t Stop the Party.” ~ John Bush
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 The Time (Dirty Bit) The Black Eyed Peas 5:8
  3. 2 Light Up the Night The Black Eyed Peas 4:21
  4. 3 Love You Long Time The Black Eyed Peas 3:45
  5. 4 XOXOXO The Black Eyed Peas 3:46
  6. 5 Someday The Black Eyed Peas 4:31
  7. 6 Whenever The Black Eyed Peas 3:16
  8. 7 Fashion Beats The Black Eyed Peas 5:20
  9. 8 Don't Stop the Party The Black Eyed Peas 6:8
  10. 9 Do It Like This The Black Eyed Peas 5:29
  11. 10 The Best One Yet (The Boy) The Black Eyed Peas 4:26
  12. 11 Just Can't Get Enough The Black Eyed Peas 3:40
  13. 12 Play It Loud The Black Eyed Peas 4:16

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