A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that for the most part this is a clean album, but expletives and mature references are sprinkled throughout. Many songs are fine for teens. "One Tribe" and "Generation Now" actually raise important issues. However some songs like "Ring-a-Ling," which discusses casual sex, don't present the best role models for young listeners.
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What's the story?
THE E.N.D. (ENERGY NEVER DIES) is the fifth studio release from the Back Eyed Peas, the powerhouse group that includes pop favorite Fergie and master producer Will.i.am (along with apl.de.ap and Taboo). Full of electro funk beats, synthesized effects, and rap and R&B vocals, the album is an eclectic blend of urban sounds, which provide a backdrop for the Peas messages of partying, social harmony, and professional ambition. Although longing and heartbreak are also an ever-present theme, the angst is generally set to a party beat and pounding dance grooves.
Is it any good?
The Black Eyed Peas take a trip back to old school funk on this CD, giving listeners a synthed-out trip to the techno sound of decades past. Like a musical smoothie comprised of a blend of Blondie, Parliament Funkadelic, Hall and Oates, and even John Mellencamp, The E.N.D. looks like just the beginning of a new era of Peas musical artistry. Although the entire album is a natural party mix, tracks like "Rock that Body" and "Electric City" in particular bring the funk. The unique musical morphing of old and new hip-hop effects is perfectly executed, while the flamboyant vocals from Fergie and inspired raps take this album to the next level.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the song “Generation Now.” On the track, the Black Eyed Peas name-drop tech terms from Google and Facebook to Wikipedia and cell phones. They then make the connection that these electronic advancements have made us into a society with no attention span, a generation that requires immediate gratification. Do you think technology has affected the expectations of your generation? Do you think the Black Eyed Peas see this as a good or bad thing, or both?