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Black Eyed Peas - 'Meet Me Halfway'

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Vicki Vicki | 12:50 UK time, Saturday, 31 October 2009

Black Eyed Peas

Truth be told, right now, I'm feeling a bit empty inside. This might be due to the fact I haven't eaten breakfast yet and it's 11.57am; it might be because I just went to get a state of the art fancy phone but was told I'd need to pay a £450 deposit which meant I couldn't get it; OR it might be because I have been listening to The Black Eyed Peas new single on repeat for the past hour.

I'm not a huge fan of The Black Eyed Peas, but 'Boom Boom Pow' was an absolute TUNE and don't even get me started on 'I Got a Feeling' (seriously, I find it incredible that a song can have an immediately nostalgic effect on you, like, even when you're in the moment.)

Anyway, to be honest, in a nutshell, this is no 'I Got A Feeling'. Although, likewise, it does have an interesting effect that I've never really experienced. Namely that it does less and less for me on each and every play.

(Here's the video. It is amazing and well worth the 23 minutes it took to load on my home computer (now is NOT the time to point out that if I had a state of the art phone this wouldn't have been the case.)

It's not all negative though. Not at all. You see, this song is actually pretty distinctive and, despite its non sing-a-long-able-ness, it's actually quite catchy. I mean, I had no idea I knew it at all when I first hit play, but straight away it was like "OH! THAT song!"

Fergie's vocals are (obviously) the best thing about the song. I'm not really a huge fan of the other guys at the best of times, but her voice manages to bring life to the somewhat 80's sounding tune. It shouldn't work, but it really does. (Speaking of her vocals though, I do have to say - did anyone else think Fergie's "ohhh-ohhh-ohhhh" at the beginning meant the song was going to be a cover of Madonna's 'Frozen'? Just me then. Okay.)

For such an up-in-the-air, time-travelling song, it's got a very real, a very grounded sentiment. Fergie cries out for her love to meet her halfway, having gone as far as she can for them; that sense of realness adds to the song's charm.

So, although the song leaves a void inside of me that probably only a slice of toast can fill, overall it's got some great qualities. Will I remember it in a year's time like their other recent efforts? Probably not. But it's got a lot of great components and for that, I'll tell ya what Black Eyed Peas, I'll meet you half way with my rating...

Three starsDownload: Out now
CD Released: November 2nd
BBC Music page

(Vicki Lutas)


  • Comment number 1.

    Prefere this to I've got a feeling actually. Really like it. Took me a while to, I found it was a grower not the opposite. Fergies vocals are brilliant too.

  • Comment number 2.

    i can't believe i forgot to mention that these guys are playing Switch Live too! I am a bad employee.

  • Comment number 3.

    I also prefer this song to "I gotta feeling". I didn't see anything special about their second release and can't understand how that song made it to number one in so many countries.
    Would "Meet me halfway" also go to number one on both sides of the Atlantic? Chee...I don't think so. But if they manage do that, then people are really loving them a lot!


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