Tuesday, April 30, 2013

will.i.am Releases Fun New Album

Black Eyed Peas vocalist and producer will.i.am released his fourth album #willpower last week after many delays. The album features guest appearances by some of music's hottest artist and showcases a more electropop sound than the hip hop of his last album and earlier Black Eyed Peas albums.
The album was preceded by the single "This is Love" which features Dutch singer Eva Simons and is a catchy hip hop/house song that features parts of hip hop swag mixed in with electro breakdowns. The second single is the Britney Spears assisted "Scream & Shout" which is about get letting loose in a club. The song is a great single and will definitely tide Spears fans over until her album comes out in the fall. "You are now, now rocking will/ will.i.am and Britney Bitch," the two sing. The third single is the surprisingly good "#thatPower" which features Justin Bieber. These singles replaced the original single "T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)" which featured Jennifer Lopez and Mick Jagger.
Other highlights include "Hello" and the "Fall Down." The latter featuring Miley Cyrus and features the two dueting about lovers picking each other up when they fall down. The song has a more hip hop sound than the other songs. Other highlights include "Gettin' Dumb" which features will.i.am's band mate apl.de.ap and Korean girl group 2NE1 and "Love Bullets" which features Skylar Grey.
The album's best song is "Far Away from Home" which features Nicole Scherzinger. The song is an electropop anthem about a fame-seeking Hollywood starlet wannabe. "Let's go far away from home/ Ride on a rocket/ Burn down the boulevard, burnin' it up," the two single during the chorus.
While most of the songs are good, there are a few that just don't work. "Geekin'" is ridiculously silly hip hop/electro song and "Freshy" is a piece of rap trash that will.i.am is supposed to be above doing.
This album isn't the best album of the year, but it is a fun album that is sure to be the soundtrack to a summer party. #willpower only works because of the guest appearances. Without the help of his famous friends this album wouldn't be the same level of greatness that it is.

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