The Problem With... Black Eyed Peas' "Just Can't Get Enough"


The last time we saw the Black Eyed Peas, they were offering up the sensory violation that composed their performance at the Super Bowl halftime show a couple of months ago. Their massive lights so bounced off the snow, I could see it from Denton.

Yet another example of the Peas placing style over substance, I guess.

Which brings us to their latest single, "Just Can't Get Enough," which stands as yet another example of how derivative the Peas can get. In other words: It's nothing we haven't heard before. See: The electronic R&B-styled beat so frequently and absurdly used on the radio these days and in this song as well.

This song does one thing pretty well, though: It shows off a bit of Fergie's vocal range. Or, rather, how great of a vocal imitator she is -- like her Axl Rose impression during in the Super Bowl halftime show. In this track, she sports a fake-ass Caribbean accent on her verse lines and an awkward Lolita voice in the chorus.

The Caribbean impression sorta brings something to mind: You could probably cut Rihanna's lines from "What's My Name?" in here and get a similar-sounding track. The Lolita voice, meanwhile, kinda messes with her enunciation. What does she mean when she says "Wanda German side you low?"

Who cares?

Not the Peas, that's who. Because, even in the filming of this video, they couldn't help but steal a bit from someone else -- in this case Sofia Coppola's 2003 film, Lost in Translation. In the video, Fergie skulks around with minimal clothing in a fancy hotel overlooking Tokyo, just like Scarlett Johansson did in the movie. And, OK, Fergie's purty and all, but she's not Scarlett Johansson purty. Meanwhile, everyone else is wandering around in the street or singing karaoke. That might be a reason this track sounds so borrowed -- it's probably just karaoke, too.

But it's not just Fergie and Will.i.am on this track. Taboo gets in on the action, too, tacking on a few technological references. We get it, Peas! Your Intel processors and smartphones make you evolve into musical Cylons.

Unfortunately, and here's something y'all Peas should have learned by now, you cannot substitute technology for talent.

Or retreads. This track ends with the "switch-up" thing the Peas do. It's no longer the surprising novelty it might have been years ago. Listeners kinda expected now, like a breakdown or a live encore.

Seriously, I can't take much more from the Peas. Their music is starting to make me want to German-side someone. Whatever that means.

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24 comments
Ben
Ben

I would simply like to have clarification on what is happening during the opening phrase ending with "wanna German-side your love" or "Wanna jump inside your love".

Someone may want to say: "It's the Auto-Tune freaking out over 'And I just can't get enough' ." I would accept that as a reasonable explanation, except for the fact that the next 8,386 time the phrase "just can't get enough" is used, it comes out clearly.

If the actual lyric is something other than "and I just can't get enough" can someone explain what the lyric is and what the &#@^ it means?

If it's an Autotune goof, why woudn't it be fixed?

And speaking of AutoTune:

AutoTune - Making people who can't sing sound like robots who can't sing since 1997Kanye West - Famous since 1997

JeSica♥
JeSica♥

who ever hates bep screw your opinion they acomplished more than yew ever will think about that!

Demi
Demi

what dose apple de app do in this song :( i <3 u tabooo xx

MBEATS9
MBEATS9

the thing is that they were at number 1 and 2 in the charts, with 2 seperate songs, for like 20 weeks or something stupid, with Boom Boom Pow and I Gotta Feeling. That is incredible. So haters.. you are in the minority here and by trying to make fun about them and whine about them, you are making yourselves look pathetic.. get a life and find something that you believe in.. boring people...

Roberto Crnković
Roberto Crnković

i will just write: WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS!!! Black Eyed Peas <3

Siomara Ni
Siomara Ni

Haters gotta hate, keep saying bullshit about them, they are always laughing at you.You are just one more hater.

MissSunshine
MissSunshine

I love 'em new song is AMAZING is better than "Born this way " or E.T By Lady Gaga and Katy Perry

Fan or not a Fan
Fan or not a Fan

BEP has changed from way back when. But cmon now, look back at artists, they all change, some more than others. Since their change, people havent liked the change, but hey, people have opinions. True fans stick with their favorites artists no matter what, and well haters hate. I honestly love The Beginning and listened to it quite a few times.. They are trying to switch things up, go with a new vibe in their music. I honestly like it but like I said, people have their opinions.

Mikes
Mikes

Absolute Pop Shit!

I'd rather watch Nascar while jerk \ing off with a cheese grater!

Veer Maharaj
Veer Maharaj

The BEP are no longer innovating in the music space as they did back with Where is the Love. It seems they are just making music for the sake of making music. There is no meaning, no heart... no soul. The beat is good and will have you tapping your foot for a short period of time but after that, there really isn't anything :S If anything, they have become the meaning of the word generic :(

Ant
Ant

all they needed to do was put the very end of the song in the middle and make it like a regular song instead of having essentially two separate songs

heard it all 30 years ago
heard it all 30 years ago

another piece of disposable pop...yawn...if you're looking for ANYTHING deepr than that you're outta luck

Fernɑndɑ
Fernɑndɑ

¬¬ Dɑmn! Blɑck Eyed Peɑs ɑre the best, stop tɑlking like thɑt!

MattL1
MattL1

Hey, I made it a full minute into this one! That's a record for me.

I do love this series. Can't wait for all the people who think this song is actually good to feebly attempt to defend it. Helps to reinforce my sense of pop-cultural superiority...

just sayin'
just sayin'

I really wish that they would have filmed this video one week later. Then maybe there would have been one good thing that came out of that catastrophe.

JeSica♥
JeSica♥

maybe you should have visited japan during the disaster JUST SAYING...*COUGH*BITCH

blackeyedpeas
blackeyedpeas

that comment sickens me. dislike them all you want, but to wish something so cruel is ignorant. poking fun at somthing so serious is not ok. the black eyed peas have a lot of fans who care about them, and not only that but believe it or not they have families too. could you imagine being told your dad died in an earthquake wile filming his new video in Japan? Taboo has 2 children and one on the way. your comment was uncalled for and completely ignorant. think things through before you say things like that.

Mr. Go-oh
Mr. Go-oh

The BEP are my life, im a peabody and i love them SOOOO much!!!!! AMAZING vid :D !!!! <3 And to the haters:Pleaz go, and find love in the world like i did with the Peas<3

Gotta get these haters off my back, gotta get this mothafacker haters off my back

Ghost
Ghost

butthurt are we?

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