Evan Serpick
June 27, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Elephunk

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
A&M

We gave it a C

Critics ate up the soulful hip-hop of the Peas’ previous two albums, but sales were elusive. Here, the group courts the mainstream with an almost comic ferocity, jumping on every bandwagon that’s passed. They try dancehall (”Hey Mama”), salsa (”Latin Girls”), even nu-metal (”Anxiety” with Papa Roach), but the biggest offense for a once smart-sounding rap collective is ”Where Is the Love,” the horrifyingly trite single with Justin Timberlake. It’s enough to make longtime fans wonder, ”Where are the Peas?”

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