Black Eyed Peas, 'The E.N.D.' (Interscope)

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by Will Dukes

With will.i.am and Fergie now White House VIPs, the Peas hone their post-millennial party anthems to an even more piquantly peppy sheen. On the single "I Gotta Feeling," you can almost hear the corporate scrilla changing hands in time to the indelible hook. But on "Now Generation," a seemingly trite fit of high-tech product placement eventually gives way to a subversive, DeLillo-like critique of modernity (psyche!). Regardless, the Peas keep it exuberantly funky. Witness the trance-y "Rock YourBody," which sounds like would-be stripper music for suburban Bratz doll collectors.

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