This may be the most mass market-oriented album from alternative rap group The Black Eyed Peas, but Elephunk is still far from mainstream hip hop. Like most hip-hoppers' recording progressions, songs in this Los Angeles-based crew's third album are all about love, and mostly filled with repetitive verse that you can rap and dance along to on the first listening. It's simply impossible to keep your body still when listening to verses of Let's Get Retarded, which bounce out of the song like rubber balls. This groovy track is typical of the chunky beats that pepper the whole CD. Some of this outfit's best sampling skills are featured in the fifth track, Shut Up, in which the mixer loops the two words 'shut up' like musical notes and slides them flawlessly into the treacly, soulful voice of the crew's new female member, vocalist Fergie. The one song I always skip while listening to the record is heavy metal-inspired Anxiety, which, though not to my taste, does prove that the crew can compete technically with any of today's rap-metal bands. But such imitation is simply not credible in the realm of hip hop.