Picks and Pans Review: The Black Eyed Peas

UPDATED 06/15/2009 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 06/15/2009 at 01:00 AM EDT

The E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies) |

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After the successful launch of Fergie's solo career, the Black Eyed Peas show that there is still strength in numbers on this hump-shaking follow-up to 2005's multiplatinum Monkey Business. If you had to pick an MVPea here, though, it would be will.i.am, who redeems himself after 2007's disappointing solo foray, Songs About Girls. Serving as chief producer, Will pumps the energy of underground clubs into this disc with a fresh infusion of electro beats on tracks like the No. 1 single "Boom Boom Pow" and "Rock That Body," which samples Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock's rap classic "It Takes Two."

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