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In an era of an ever-changing music industry that's defined by diminishing expectation, where a "successful" career means having one, maybe two hit records; The Black Eyed Peas are a glorious exception. They have become one of the best selling, most popular and most innovative groups for over a decade. They have transformed themselves from a beloved backpack rap troop from the ... Read more in Amazon's The Black Eyed Peas Store

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  • Audio CD (November 30, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • ASIN: B0042X90LG
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,389 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Time (Dirty Bit)
2. Light Up The Night
3. Love You Long Time
4. Xoxoxo
5. Someday
6. Whenever
7. Fashion Beats
8. Don't Stop The Party
9. Do It Like This
10. The Situation
11. The Coming
12. Own It
13. The Best One Yet (The Boy)
14. Just Can't Get Enough
15. Play It Loud

Editorial Reviews

Deluxe edition includes three bonus tracks. 2010 release, the sixth album from the Grammy-winning R&B outfit. The Beginning is the follow-up to the group's blockbuster album The E.N.D. While the title of The E.N.D. was a play on words (standing for "The Energy Never Dies"), the new album's title, The Beginning, "refers to what is actually happening in the world right now," says will.i.am. "The Beginning is symbolic of adopting new technologies, such as augmented reality, 3D, and 360 video. It's also about being experimental and taking songs we've liked from the past and playing around with sick, crazy beats." In keeping with that manifesto, the first single from The Beginning is "The Time (Dirty Bit)," which is built around a sample from the classic 1987 theme from Dirty Dancing, ("I've Had) The Time of My Life," recorded by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes.

Customer Reviews

This is one of those albums that when you list to it the first time you say, "that was good."
M. Beard
For the most part, the Peas sound plain uninspired here and not even the enthusiastic european-pop dominate production work can save this effort.
Michael Brent Faulkner, Jr.
This album as a whole really took me by surprise, and I recommend it to any fan of dance music.
Good King Garion

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By M. Beard on December 10, 2010
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If you're expecting the Peas to crank out more of the same stuff from the END then you will be disappointed. But, if you're like me and you appreciate when a talented band decides to create something new then you'll love the Beginning. Why do the Peas need another Boom Boom Pow? They've already done that. This is one of those albums that when you list to it the first time you say, "that was good." But, then you keep listening and the start to like it even more. I predict that these early reviewers will change their ratings once the singles from the Beginning start to top the charts.

Also, a word of caution about the Amazon 30 second samples -- They don't do any of the songs justice. True to Peas style, each song moves through a variety of beats, rhythms, melodies and sounds. The 30 seconds you get in the samples is only a small part of the song. For example, "The Time (Dirty Bit)" sample ends right before the song really takes off. If you judge the song by the sample you might be thinking that the Peas stayed up too late one night watching Dirty Dancing.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 8, 2011
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I purchased this as a gift for my daughter. She was very happy with it. I have had the opportunity to listen to it in the background from every room in the house for over a month now, and can say it really isn't bad. Most of the songs consists of pretty catchy beats, but that's mainly what I hear throughout the house; the bumping bass sounds. The music sounds very club-ish to me, but if that's the fad, who am I to judge? Overall, I can tell you I am not ready to sneak into my daughter's room to hide it away for a length of time to give myself a reprieve like some of the other music she listens too. I wouldn't consider it God's gift to music, but I wouldn't classify it as pure garbage either. I am sure that if you are a Black Eyed Peas fan you will like the album. If you are a casual listener, you will find yourself tapping your toe to a few of the songs. There is enough mixture to the CD to keep you from turning it off after the first 4 songs.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steven Bray on December 1, 2010
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These songs are just plain FUN !! With all the synthesizers synthing away, and the vocals simply dripping in electronic processing, if you're not dancing like a maniac to each & every beat, then you better CHECK YOUR PULSE ! I like this incarnation, because I've got a CD Jukebox, and I hadn't bought The E.N.D. yet, so this was a great way to get the hits from that album whilst finally ponying up for this one. By the way, I've made a nice cover for the Juke-and posted it here-it's got the graphics for both albums in one handy pic, so buy this CD and download the composite picture-load it into your CD jukebox-you're ready to party !
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Mariba on December 9, 2010
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This is a CD release by the talented the Black Eyed Peas, titled "The Beginning". The CD is a relatively weaker release as compared with their releases in the past, with mega-hits including, "I Gotta Feeling", "Boom Boom Pow" & "Where Is The Love?" The album may please die-hard fans but others may better listen to this CD release first before buying (Electro-dance/pop album). The CD opens with an okay track, "The Time(Dirty Bit", an electro-pop song with samples from "(I've Had) The Time Of My Life". Other okay tracks include "Love You Long Time", "Xoxoxo", "Fashion Beats", "Don't Stop The Party" & "Best One Yet(The Boy)". "Do I Like This" is a rather weak electro-hip hop track. Notable tracks from this CD include "Light Up The Night", "Someday", "Whenever", "Just Can't Get Enough" & "Play It Loud". The rhyming is there, but the lyrics are not at all that inspirational. On listening this CD as a whole a few times, one gets the impression/feeling that it may well have been done in a hurry. The melodies as well as harmonies & choruses could/should have been better! The Black Eyed Peas are a talented bunch of a band, Will.I.Am a notable producer, have released a rather okay/good album "The Beginning", but they are not at their best. If you are a die-hard/fanatical fan, you will/may enjoy this CD. If you are an 'occasional' fan, rather listen to this CD before buying.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Brent Faulkner, Jr. VINE VOICE on December 31, 2010
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On album number six, will.i.am and company fail to set the `bar high.' THE BEGINNING is arguably the quartet's worst effort. There is very little from `The Beginning' to make it truly stand out or shine like 2009's THE E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies), which may be the biggest drawback of `The Beginning.' Even following up a well received effort, that is not the sole problem of `The Beginning.' For the most part, the Peas sound plain uninspired here and not even the enthusiastic european-pop dominate production work can save this effort. Fergie never sounds commanding, will.i.am is way too drenched in auto tune, and the rhymes are stupider than ever - but a `bad' stupid. Even first single "The Time (Dirty Bit" falls short, probably explaining the underwhelming opening of `The Beginning' (#6 on the Billboard Album Charts with only 119,000 sold). Sure, there is a chance that one of these rather uninspiring songs will launch into a `mega single' and the stupidity will captivate us all, but for now, this album just doesn't cut it.

"The Time (Dirty Bit)" liberally lifts off of "I've Had The Time of My Life," before breaking off into an electro-pop affair finding will.i.am changing "dirty bit." The track as a whole is `all over the place,' only coming together on the unifying hook ("I've had the time of my life, and I've never felt this way before, and I swear that it true, and I owe it all to you, you, you..."), which really makes no cohesive sense. At 5:00, the cut drags on too long and ultimately lacks true pizzazz.
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