Black Eyed Peas, Sonic Youth, Mos Def and more
Black Eyed Peas, "The E.N.D." (A&M/Interscope)
The biggest new release this week comes from Black Eyed Peas, whose "Boom Boom Pow" coninues to dominated charts and the radio. Mos Def is one of the few new hip-hop titles to come out this week, amongst a slew of veteran indie artists like Sonic Youth, Graham Coxon and Rhett Miller. A couple British acts -- Freeland and Kasabian -- have new efforts, as does rising newcomer Dirty Projectors. Peter Holsapple and Chris Stamey have their first collaboration in 20 years.
We kick off with Black Eyed Peas' "The E.N.D." Despite the somewhat foreboding CD title, the band insists the stands for "The Energy Never Dies," not the final project from the somewhat fractured peas. "Boom Boom Pow ," the first single from the band's first album in four years, headed straight to the top of the chart and ushers in a more experimental era for the Fergie-fronted group. Beats are still king, but they get dressed up in different ways here.