You know an "urban" group can penetrate the "mainstream" when the only threatening band member is a crazy white chick, and the Black Eyes have paved their way based upon that
There is a certain level of caution when approaching a Black Eyed Peas [click to read] album. The trio-turned-quartet molded a career out of being the Fugees without a Lauryn (sorry Fergie). That is to say, they've capitalized on their own eccentricities by making them Pop-friendly. Every Peas release inched them further into the mainstream. However, The E.N.D. brings them a step back, using will.i.am's production to prove their versatility...and at times, they make a convincing argument.