With their bigger and better second album, London-based indie/dance band Boxed In have earned their breakout moment
Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall
The only real obstackle to [a]Black Eyed Peas[/a]' way might be the ire of hardcore hip-hoppers who feel the rules are there to be followed, not changed...
There's individuality in Black Eyed Peas' energetic approach to performance and in the way commonly heard source material is made to seem new when played by their live band. A ska number sounds like a new version of House Of Pain's 'Jump Around'. Another song samples the brass stabs from Edwin Starr's 'War', and then goes into synchronised and syncopated territory. The lads have obviously worked on it.
But not hard enough to forget party tunes. The effervescent 'Fallin' Up' uses dextrous verbal interplay to convey a feeling of celebration. Meanwhile 'Joints And Jam' gets catchy enough to have audience members jumping along with the rappers. In fact, the only real obstacle in Black Eyed Peas' way might be the ire of hardcore hip-hoppers who feel the rules of rebellion are there to be followed, not changed. Which is a pity.
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