Elephunk - Black Eyed Peas
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  • Summary: The alternative L.A.-based hip-hop outfit, known for its positive message and break-dancing prowess, returns with a third LP. Guests Justin Timberlake and Papa Roach join new BEP backing vocalist Fergie (who replaces Kim Hill).
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. Elephunk drops non-stop hook and hump, an album with almost no missteps and more than its share of undeniable, thumping joy.
  2. The unashamed enthusiasm and fun in 'Elephunk' makes BEP the true heirs to the legendary De La Soul.
  3. 77
    Sweaty, funky and thump-inclined. [#6, p.82]
  4. Elephunk may not blow up, but it does go pop with enough style and verve to make its lack of substance irrelevant.
  5. The snags occur with the group's efforts at grit and substance.
  6. 20
    The crew's 1982-ish rhyme schemes and vapid lyrics reach new lows. [Oct 2003, p.85]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 66 out of 70
  2. Negative: 3 out of 70
  1. Mar 18, 2011
    9
    This album is superbly individual, exciting and introduces a great sound that is to be called The Black Eyed Peas.
  2. Jun 6, 2013
    8
    This is an album that really focuses on the good old hip hop. Fresh beats and rhymes makes this album by the Peas a real cult classic. No one song is consistently annoying or maddening. Expand
  3. Oct 11, 2010
    8
    The Peas best and most commercial album, Elephunk incorporates enough of the old stuff to keep their loyal fans happy and new stuff to draw in the punters. One new inclusion at the time was Fergie, who was possibly key to the success of this album. A better singer than all the other boys her up front vocals drive the songs through. A slightly strange song name choice of 'Lets Get Retarded?' got the media into a storm but it's not a bad song and goes along with the some what crazy nature of the Peas. This album is good if not quite great but its perfect if you just fancy a dance. Expand
  4. Mar 4, 2011
    7
    POSITIVE - This album offers a very raw sound that kept BEP within the Hip Hop genre but with the addition of Fergie they just managed to cross over into the pop genre, and this - is a good thing. Each track has a very individual sound, a sound you can listen to for 'chilling' purposes, but turn it up - and it becomes an unexpectingly loud album for dancing purposes. NEGATIVE - I feel considering they are a 'group' there are alot of solo efforts on the album, or duets. Reading the small print you notice a not-so-fair ratio of tracks that include vocals from backing artists, and miss out the group themselves. Now - another point i feel is negative (although don't focus on it to much) is the fact that the singles they released from the album are mixed quite severely, given this, the singles are better than the album versions, but why do that to the fans ? Selling the album to them with songs that are not-quite-as-good as the one's they heard on the radio?
    OVERALL - A quirky album that all in all deserves to go down in history as one of the best re-birth albums of all time. It may not be a 10/10 for effort or overall sound, but don't overlook this album, it's one for collection.
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  5. Mar 26, 2013
    7
    Overall, not bad of an album. "Shut Up," "Where is the Love" and "Let's Get it Started" were excellent tracks that made the album worth listening.
  6. Aug 5, 2011
    6
    A good album with a strong sense of self with nothing more than very raw sound that still stays within the Hip Hop genre. Adding Fergie to the group worked to catapult the group into superstardom, but when the small print becomes apparent her presence seems to just be a pretty face to proove diversity within the music industry. Despite it's lack of 'group' it's an album that should be remembered as the groups key to their ultimate success. Expand
  7. Mar 7, 2013
    5
    Though Elephunk provides some pretty good tunes it falls in and out of meaning for example "Where Is The Love" provides us with a plesant meaning while "My Humps" is about Fergie humps. I find it really hard like something like that. Expand

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