The Black Eyed Peas
The E.N.D. (The Energy Never Dies)


1.5
very poor

Review

by Edmund Blackadder USER (32 Reviews)
July 10th, 2009 | 142 replies | 22,813 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: You'll be waiting for The END to end.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Black Eyed Peas
The END (Energy Never Dies)
Interscope Records, 2009

Black Eyed Peas are...
Will.i.am
Fergie
Taboo
Apl.de.ap

When I first approached this album, I approached with an open mind, hoping that the Black Eyed Peas might have strayed away from the sheer awfulness of their previous albums, Elephunk and Monkey Business. Almost immediately, it became apparent that this album was something different altogether. It seems as if beatboxing and simple, natural rhythms have been replaced with samplings, electronic beats, and synthesizers. Many effects have also been used to alter the vocals of the various band members. These include the robotic auto-tuning, 'chipmunking' (where the pitch is raised), and the occasional use of a talkbox.

The lyrics found here also differ from the previous albums. While lyrics of the past often dealt with partying and getting laid, The END's lyrical style seems to have taken a more inspirational turn. This, for many bands would mean that they are maturing, and trying new styles. This, for the Black Eyed Peas, means that their lyrics are as immature as before. The infectious single and chart topper, 'Boom Boom Pow' is a prime example of how lyrically immature the Peas have proven themselves to be. Slang and childish abbreviations normally not found outside of the sputnikmusic forums are overused to the point that the lyrics can become nigh on indecipherable.

Fergie and Will.i.am have both proven themselves to be decent singers, both with a decent vocal range. All of their talent seems to have been tossed aside for this album, where vocal effects are overused to the point that some songs become unlistenable. 'Missing You' has very high pitched, tedious singing, backed by a horribly boring electronic beat. 'I Gotta Feeling', easily the most listenable song here, overuses auto tuning and eventually becomes a chore to listen to.

Many of the beats found here prove to be slightly catchy, in their own simple way. Like much of the album, the catchiness corrodes at an almost shocking rate, and quickly turns to annoying and repetitive. 'Ring-a-ling' has a horrendous opening keyboard line that manages to sound like a very high pitched ringtone. The deep bass undertones found on previous albums are mostly discarded here, making much of the music sound flat and uninteresting.

The only positive characteristic to be found here is in the catchiness. 'Imma Be' and 'I Gotta Feeling' both manage to quite infectious, despite their annoying electronic beats and vocals. As mentioned earlier, several of the electronic samplings and beats appear catchy at first, before quickly descending into their spiral of tediousness.

The END is a very unsuccessful attempt by the Black Eyed Peas to make a motivational, positive album. Most of the songs are repetitive, and not only boring, but annoying as well. The overuse of vocal and electronic effects helps take away any positive sides to the music.

Recommended Tracks:
-Imma Be
-I Gotta Feeling



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Comments:Add a Comment 
shindip
July 10th 2009



3536 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

needed to make an angry review after all that pearl jam happiness

Knott-
Emeritus
July 10th 2009



10194 Comments


for some reason i REALLY LIKE I Gotta Feeling, i saw it on a music channel today. haven't heard the rest though, and Boom Boom Pow is horrible.

BSX
July 10th 2009



1633 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

You love the word annoying

^_~

Digging: La Roux - Trouble In Paradise

shindip
July 10th 2009



3536 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

^^lol i know

Knott-
Emeritus
July 10th 2009



10194 Comments


review would look a lot better if you centered the first two info bits

shindip
July 10th 2009



3536 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I know it looks odd. This was a sorta quick thing bcuz my gf left her cd of this lying around. (im trying to get her into protest the hero lol)

Knott-
Emeritus
July 10th 2009



10194 Comments


just center it :p

review is good, although is it really as bad as 1.5? like i say, i liked the second single and that's something rare for me in this genre, it was very different and had an awesome aesthetic.

Knott-
Emeritus
July 10th 2009



10194 Comments


She bought the new black eyed peas and you're trying to get her into PTH? Haha. Brave brave man.

shindip
July 10th 2009



3536 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

She likes other stuff like Radiohead, Beck lotsa indie stuff. She sorta doesnt mind TMV either. might as well try, eh?

Douglas
July 10th 2009



9060 Comments


You can only hope

cvlts
July 10th 2009



8954 Comments


@review

basically

Aaron
July 10th 2009



651 Comments


Well written review. This made me lol my pants:

Slang and childish abbreviations normally not found outside of the sputnikmusic forums..


moderndaydrool
July 10th 2009



322 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I like boom boom pow......

ninjuice
July 10th 2009



6761 Comments


This, for many bands would mean that they are maturing, and trying new styles. This, for the Black Eyed Peas, means that their lyrics are as immature as before.

I think this would look better if it went: "For many bands, this would mean...."
Review is good though.

Digging: Robin Skouteris - The King of ArtPOP

cirq
July 10th 2009



9263 Comments


not even gonna give this a chance

AtavanHalen
July 11th 2009



17927 Comments


I just learned I Gotta Feeling for busking. Three chords, sounds hilarious when you sing the lyrics emotively. Highly recommended for all you wannabe folksy/busking types out there.

YouAreMySilence
July 11th 2009



3727 Comments


I'm so 2008 your so 2000 and late

BSX
July 11th 2009



1633 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Dem bitches be jocking my style

shindip
July 11th 2009



3536 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Imma be chillin with my mutha mutha crew

AtavanHalen
July 11th 2009



17927 Comments


I'm so 2008 your so 2000 and late

It's 3008.



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