Monkey Business - Black Eyed Peas
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  • Summary: Guests on the R&B outfit's latest include Jack Johnson, Justin Timberlake and James Brown.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 20
  2. Negative: 3 out of 20
  1. Undeniably and increasingly danceable. [#16, p.148]
  2. Hurries from one strangely unsatisfying sparkle to the next. [5 Jun 2005]
  3. 60
    If anything, though, this pop machine is too tightly drilled. [Jul 2005, p.94]
  4. A bland meringue. [3 Jun 2005, p.81]
  5. 42
    The Peas give fun a bad name. [Jul 2005, p.104]
  6. 40
    What initially feels jubilant soon turns grating. [Jul 2005, p.115]
  7. Perhaps it was inevitable that a group like this would eventually emerge, peddling an energetic but inoffensive variant of hip-hop. But did we have any way of knowing that the results would be so unpleasant? [6 Jun 2005]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 53 out of 92
  2. Negative: 33 out of 92
  1. Sep 5, 2011
    10
    This has GOT to be The Peas' best album! I loved it instantly upon hearing it - except for My Humps which is a lousy song but it can be easily dismissed. Don't Phunk With my Heart was the song that won me over to the Peas and Don't Lie and Pump It aren't far behind. James Brown's work on the album is quite remarkable - R.I.P. This album has a great mix of rap songs of all sorts and it is impossible to dislike so I recommend you go get it! Expand
  2. Jun 6, 2013
    8
    Something lacks in this one, but not something huge. This album still rides on Pump It, Don't Lie, Don't Phunk With my Heart, and more. Not only good hip hop, but good music to move to. Expand
  3. Oct 11, 2010
    5
    Way too commerical for the Peas. Superb funky pop songs like 'My Style' are contrasted with dreary, universal peace application 'Union'. Seriously Sting and Will.I.Am, it was never going to work! The song with James Brown is brilliant quite and important in terms of his last work as he died soon afterwards. However, Monkey Business takes catchy too far that it becomes annoying and takes the Peas into a commerical wasteland that many critics and original fans are really going to hate. A poor if not terrible effort. Expand
  4. Mar 7, 2013
    2
    The Peas need to reevualate their career after this awful blank sounding cd.

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