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  • Summary: The album following The E.N.D., The Beginning is the sixth studio album from the hip-hop, dance-pop quartet.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 19
  2. Negative: 4 out of 19
  1. 83
    The Peas may not have dramatically outdone themselves this time, but they've succeeded at keeping the good times rolling yet again.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 39
  2. Negative: 11 out of 39
  1. Jan 29, 2011
    10
    I wonder if people ever even read reviews, and then read other people's critiques, I doubt that they ever condescend against the Black EyedI wonder if people ever even read reviews, and then read other people's critiques, I doubt that they ever condescend against the Black Eyed peas, You people obviously need to see the line between grading someones music and just pure bad-mouthing them, its bad music? WHY? What happened to logic these days? Those reviews you see are trimmed down to be short but you can read full reviews and understand, saying an album or music is bad goes beyond saying "you dont like it" I dont know why Metacritic ever bothered putting in a user score system when everyone who grades it are completly unfair, illogical, and not objective. Expand
  2. Dec 22, 2010
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. As is always expected, an album full of funny lyrics with the personal touch of the group, good use of sample, you may not understand much at first, but after the second it's hard to want change, they didn't innovate, but left clearer that can be good in any style. Expand
  3. Dec 2, 2010
    9
    I have to disagree with what seems to be the majority of reviews associated with this album. The album receives attacks addressing its cheesyI have to disagree with what seems to be the majority of reviews associated with this album. The album receives attacks addressing its cheesy demeanor. Thats the black eyed peas, if you've listened to any other track off this album, you'd notice that their brilliant cheese is very common. It's hard to distinguish which songs will become singles, since the whole album feels like one. The constant nagging on how the black eyed peas have lost their soul with Fergie and mainstream attention is prime example of opinion conformity. They've merely addressed what mainstream music craves. Delicious beats that literally force your body to get up and start dancing. While you're dancing you feel the words. You feel the delicious cheese coursing through your veins. Expand
  4. Mar 18, 2011
    6
    This album will disappoint die-hard Black Eyed Peas fans. Far removed from their initial sound, this album is quickly becoming overly poppyThis album will disappoint die-hard Black Eyed Peas fans. Far removed from their initial sound, this album is quickly becoming overly poppy and synthesized. That is not to say it doesn't include some great beats and tracks: Do It Like This and Don't Stop the Party are stand-out electronic dance songs that will please the lover of electro music. This album does include some great songs: in particular, Whenever, Everything is Wonderful, The Time, and The Best One Yet. However, there are some real shockers on this album as well- XOXO and Love you Long Time. The worst BEP album yet, unfortunately, and only worth the buy if not just to see what the fuss is about. Expand
  5. Apr 29, 2015
    4
    The Black Eyed Peas experimented with electronic music on the E.N.D., and it was successful. It wasn't that great of an album, but it wasThe Black Eyed Peas experimented with electronic music on the E.N.D., and it was successful. It wasn't that great of an album, but it was better than this album. This album reads to be almost a complete replica of The E.N.D. Almost everything is similar - pretty bad lyrics and OK production. will.i.am's low robot voice also appears here, making you think you must be dreaming about the fact that this is another album. BE ORIGINAL, BEP. I liked a small handful of songs on here - but the majority of them sounded like E.N.D. outtakes. Grade: C-/D+. Highlights: "Whenever", "Fashion Beats". Worst songs: Every song that reads like a replica of The E.N.D.'s material, which is almost everything. (The link for the page of this album and their other albums seems to be broken - I got here by removing the "The" in "The Black Eyed Peas" in the URL, I just figured it out) Expand
  6. Dec 15, 2010
    4
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This album its a deception for all BEP fans who have been following them for a long time, they just made this album to sell something new, its just the "The E.N.D" style but really repetitive, they didn't make a new style or beat like they always do when a new album came out, they are like 1-2 good songs, don't think so they are really proud of this CD. Expand
  7. TWB
    Dec 15, 2010
    0
    Made my ear bleed. Too much auto-tune. Totally a waste of time and money. Not recommended at all.

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