Metascore
47

Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 19
  2. Negative: 4 out of 19
  1. Dec 7, 2010
    40
    As on their last two LPs, it's heavily reliant on nightclub anthems and will.i.am's throwback rapping, alongside Auto-Tune harmonies and waves of synth
  2. Dec 7, 2010
    40
    The Beginning is a depressing listen, not because the music's that bad, but because it implies that even the most successful pop producer on the planet can't afford to indulge in anything that might be construed as intelligent or interesting, lest the masses run away screaming in terror.
  3. Dec 7, 2010
    66
    While the title of the Peas' newest album, "The Beginning," might suggest a retreat from this everything-to-everyone agenda, it's everything but.
  4. Dec 7, 2010
    60
    You can probably imagine what it sounds like: minimalist drum machine beats, techno-lifted synth pulses, plinky keyboard hooks, retro-fitted hip-hop callbacks, pitch-shifted vocals, and songs that chain your brain to the furnace and beat you over the head with their cursed affability.
  5. Dec 7, 2010
    37
    The vocals are slathered in Auto-Tune (didn't Jay Z proclaim Auto Tune dead once already?). The rhymes are simplistic ("You're the gas in my car, you're my petrol/You and I go way back, retro") or silly ("This is the original, this has no identical"–-really?). And the music's reliance on rhythmic and lyrical repetition (as opposed to progression and surprise) becomes wearying.
  6. 60
    Although the overall plot of the album is sparse, it's hard to deny the enjoyment it can bring to you. If you know what to expect when you hear it, you can take The Beginning for what it is: a feel good album.
  7. Dec 21, 2010
    30
    Unforgivably bad.
  8. 83
    The Peas may not have dramatically outdone themselves this time, but they've succeeded at keeping the good times rolling yet again.
  9. Dec 16, 2010
    50
    It's an odd sort of talent, making joyless slogs out of music that is supposed to be fun and exuberant, but The Beginning is at its core a shrine to forced joviality, and that's no fun at all.
  10. Jan 13, 2011
    40
    Simply put, this album suffers from Beyonce syndrome--it does nothing to further the group's catalogue. Last time around, the Black Eyed Peas were exploring new territory, and the results were contagious. Now, it seems as though the group, particularly will.i.am, is stuck on auto-pilot.
  11. 50
    Consider it a musical Snuggie for tottering Valley party girls--it will feel marvelous in the cold, drunken and lonely hours of the night.
  12. Dec 7, 2010
    30
    If The Black Eyed Peas want to sing, dance and rap about having good nights and getting laid, that's fine; but expecting a discerning audience to buy this bottle-rocket crap as an album is pure delusion. If they're truly trying to achieve more, The Beginning is a pretty awful start.
  13. Dec 14, 2010
    40
    Like the Double Down monstrosity, the first bite is an odd mix of tasty and disgusting, but by the end of it you just feel ill and ashamed.
  14. Dec 7, 2010
    60
    This much serotonin in four humans can only mean they'll get carried away all over the place, and Beginning bubbles with the kind of slobbering excess that drives Peas haters bonkers.
  15. Dec 7, 2010
    40
    The Beginning, the Black Eyed Peas's sixth and least original album yet, is the sound of the pigs' blood dumped on Carrie White's head congealing into a sticky, hardened scab of forced good times.
  16. Dec 7, 2010
    70
    Peas leader will.i.am mixes up house and disco beats, Chic and Slick Rick samples, wonky Moog hooks, crunchy guitars, and '70s funk bass into one of the year's wildest sonic stews.
  17. Dec 7, 2010
    0
    The Beginning's shameless hit-mongering and MOR club stance gives this set about as much oomph as Cher's Believe.
  18. Dec 7, 2010
    60
    It's modish to disparage the Peas, but consistently coming up with stuff that's this infectious is harder than it looks.
  19. 60
    It's a much lesser record than "The E.N.D.," and yet it isn't boring, even when the echoes of old songs are more than echoes.
User Score
4.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 92 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 38
  2. Negative: 11 out of 38
  1. Dec 1, 2010
    1
    This perhaps one of the worst albums Ive ever heard...how this group continues to stay popular by making horrible music is beyond me.... TheThis perhaps one of the worst albums Ive ever heard...how this group continues to stay popular by making horrible music is beyond me.... The simplistic lyrics the corny bland beats its all trash...seems like the more horrible music you make the more popular you get.. sham BEP way back when (ie before Fergie) used to be somewhat dope... Full Review »
  2. Dec 2, 2010
    0
    Black Eyed Peas must be afraid to stand in the same that their previous album...it's a shame that they made this album...is the worst BEPBlack Eyed Peas must be afraid to stand in the same that their previous album...it's a shame that they made this album...is the worst BEP album ever...auto-tune effect kill their music...is really disappointing...! I love BEP but this album is a really crap,simple and unnecessary for a great band..where is the reinvention and creativity of their previous album? this is not BEP...is an example of how commercial music attacks the good music..! Full Review »
  3. Dec 8, 2010
    0
    Wait a second. Is this what people call music? God, if this is how music sounds today, well, it's very s***. Sorry, but this album right hereWait a second. Is this what people call music? God, if this is how music sounds today, well, it's very s***. Sorry, but this album right here is so bad that it makes my ears bleed. Stay away from this mess. Full Review »