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Dreamy Girls EP
By JASMINE ZHU sulates dreams in a succinct six-song EP.
DailyArts Writer Nostalia seeps throughout the EP while
Black Eyed Peas'
latest is 'Beginning'
of the party
By ARIELLE SPECINER
Daily Arts Writer
The Black Eyed Peas sure know how to
throw a great party.
On its sixth studio album, The Begin-
ning, the California crew
is up to its old party- *
hearty antics. As a follow
up to 2009's smash hit, Black Eyed
The E.N.D., The Begin-
ning works hard to live Peas
up to its pop predecessor. The Beginning
Here the Grammy-win- Interscope
ning group showcases
its already recognized
propensity to create a sensational hip-
hop party album that can get any festivity
The Beginning consists entirely of cap-
tivating club-ready tunes and pulsating
beats. For the entire 60 minutes, listen-
ers will likely be unable to control them-
First single "The Time (Dirty Bit)" gets
the party started. As vocalist and produc-
er will.i.am mashes up lyrics like, "I don't
want to take no pictures / I just want to
take some shots" and samples from the
"Dirty Dancing" theme song "(I've Had)
The Time of my Life," a fiesta is fired up.
Auto-tuned vocals and broken-up beats
create an amazing dance groove. The
Black Eyed Peas take hints from elec-
tro-house music sensation Deadmau5,
with laser-like synths and head-bopping
The house nod doesn't stop there.
"Don't Stop The Party" and "Light Up The
Night" feature explosive dance beats and
clever rhymes that would get any member
of the "Jersey Shore" cast's fists pumping,
though they probably wouldn't know - or
care - whether the lyrics were clever.
The Beginning shows the great range the
hip-hop band has to offer. On songs like
"Love You Long Time" and "XOXOXO,"
'80s synth keyboard sounds wipe across
the tracks, creating a space-lounge feel.
On "XOXOXO," futuristic effects mesh
with text-messaging lingo as the band
raps: "I'll be waiting for your text / I miss
your XOXOXO / Girl, you're X-O-X-O-
lent." In a complete detour from the rest
of the album, "Whenever" starts off with
an acoustic guitar. But in the end, Fergie's
soft tone finally meets up with gentle disco
beats, creating an ambiance that matches
the danceability of other tracks on The
The Black Eyed Peas step a bit more off
course with the inclusion of catwalk-crazy
"Fashion Beats" - a track on which fashion
and music collide. The song is reminiscent
of Madonna's "Vogue" mixed with the Ru
Paul hit "Cover Girl."Will.i.am sings, "And
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Dreams are hazy, ephemeral things -
some are nearly impossible to remember
and others completely impossibleto forget.
Girls impressively *'*-*
manages to distill
the wistfully fleeting Girls
quality of dreams in
Broken Dreams Club, Broken
the stunning follow- Dreams Club
up to its 2009 Album True Panther
By now, avid blog readers and Girls
fans are aware of lead singer Christopher
Owens's background. A former member
of Children of God, a controversial reli-
gious group with roots in the hippie move-
ment, Owens grew up furtively listening
to iconic bands like Queen and Guns N'
Roses. These bands would later influence
the throwback sound of Girls, which has
often been compared to the likes of Elvis
Costello and the Beach Boys.
The songwriting in the EP is painfully
genuine, yet nonspecific enough to be
relatable to listeners. Owens's introspec-
tion hovers around, but never breaches,
sentimentality. Endearing lines contrast
against coarser slang phrases. In "Sub-
stance," Owens sings, "Let go of the wheel
/ Turn your ass over," which would be
comical if not for his regretful tone. The
somber edge gives the song poignancy.
With plenty of tremulous vocals and the
occasional muted trumpet, Girls encap-
Owens slaps on a healthy dose of earnest
despair in lines like "I know you feel likeI
do too / And even though I'm close to you
/ I can't be what you need /Because you're
just as lost as me," on the title track.
The cover art on Broken Dreams Club is
reflective of the dejected tenor and nos-
talgic air Owens takes throughout the EP.
The tetraptych.(previously used on Album
cover art as well) features the composi-
tion of four images suggesting youthful
boredom and loneliness. Among them are
a sepia-toned television screen displaying
two young lovers sharing a cigarette, an
anonymous body clad in dirty jeans with
an outstretched hand holding the remote,
an untidy desk littered in trinkets and
white roses - symbolizing either purity or
Join the club.
The EP feels like the death of a long-lost
dream, perhaps. While Owens's sense of
regret seems real, it's also distant enough
from the present to be remembered with
a sad fondness, as Owens reflects on all
the "remember when"s of years before.
Broken Dreams Club is reminiscent of the
ache of an old wound, and listeners are all
welcome to join.
This party is stuck in the Matrix.
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