Black Eyed Peas, “The E.N.D.” (Interscope) [3 STARS]

By in June 10, 2009 • Filed in: News and rumors

Ever since their calculated reinvention from a politically conscious, bargain-basement version of the Roots into a pop-conscious, genre-blurring hip-pop combo circa “Elephunk” (2003), their third studio album but first with Stacy Ferguson on vocals, the Black Eyed Peas have been the modern equivalent of those ’70s cartoon bands like Josie and the Pussycats and the Banana Splits, devoted to sugary hooks, silly lyrics and lowest-common-denominator dance grooves. Heaven help us if we had to listen to Fergie sing without the benefit of auto-tune; Apl.De.Ap and Taboo are two of the least impressive rappers on top of the pop charts and as the group’s musical mastermind, rarely has encountered a clich

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