- I got a feeling...you're probably not going to like the new Black Eyed Peas album. (Photo: UMG)
Judging the week's new music releases, based on their reviews.
Black Eyed Peas, The Beginning
Us Weekly: "If the Black Eyed Peas threw the ultimate rave on their blockbuster 2009 disc, The E.N.D., the follow-up serves as its somewhat mellower afterparty."
The Washington Post: "The Black Eyed Peas' new disc, The Beginning, is one of only a few albums in history to be numbered among Oprah's Favorite Things, but she also chose Ugg sparkle boots, so she's been wrong before."
The Boston Herald: "Silly music critic, Black Eyed Peas are for kids (or listeners eternally hungry for sugar-coated pop)."
Verdict: It's finally clear who has been buying the Black Eyed Peas' music: kids, fans of sugar-coated pop, Oprah, and people who work for Us Weekly.
Eric Benét, Lost in Time
The New York Times recommends Benet's new album, but devotes most of its review space to Lil Wayne's critique of Lost in Time's lead single:
"World, meet Lil Wayne, music critic. 'If you haven’t heard the new song by Eric Benét, "Sometimes I Cry," please stop what you’re doing and check it out,' he wrote in a September letter to fans from jail. 'It’s the best song I’ve heard since Maxwell’s "Woman’s Worth." It’s for grown folk. I actually listen to the radio all day waiting for that song.'
Verdict: If Lil Wayne likes it, what more do you need to know?