Black Eyed Peas: The Time (Dirty Bit)

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Posted November 24, 2010 by J Matthew Cobb in Reviews 1.0

It’s no surprise to hear the first single from The Beginning sounding like leftovers from The E.N.D. So let the next Black Eyed Peas’ party begin.

No longer hip-hop royalty, the Black Eyed Peas are satisfied churning out their irresistible synth-pop dance music and the foursome are once again proving to be the best at it. The new single from their forthcoming album, The Beginning, opens up with a brief chant from Dirty Dancing’s hit song, but quickly swings into a set of verses loaded with pitch-bending effects: topped with will.i.am’s ocassional “Dirty Bit” jabs. The chorus from the 1987 gem (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life”  gets vocal support from Fergie and will.i.am’s lead vocals and is the song’s inspiration, especially as the last minutes begin to tick away. But this isn’t a singer’s royale, this is all earcandy for clubheads and techno oddities. For the most part, the BEP are continuing to offer prophetic glimpses of next generation disco pop. It’s not a far cry from “I’ve Got a Feeling” or “Boom Boom Pow,”even though the song uses a few mood quenchers, so good job for Peas. Their consistency towards world domination continues to rumble onward until someone decides to host a neo-disco bonfire at halftime during a televised University of Alabama bowl game.

J MATTHEW COBB

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BLACK EYED PEAS – THE TIME (DIRTY BIT)

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