The Bottom Line
There is nothing specifically wrong with the latest Black Eyed Peas hit. There is just so little here. The song was reportedly designed as a showcase for Fergie's vocal talent. Her singing is beautiful here, but again there simply isn't much. "Just Can't Get Enough" is a pleasing, beautiful moment in time, but it is a fleeting one.
- Sweet vocals from Fergie
- Poignant video
- Heavily processed recording that creates distance from listeners
- Written by William Adams, Allan Pineda, Jaime Gomez, Stacy Ferguson, Joshua Alvarez, Stephen Shadowen, Rodney Jerkins, LaShawn Daniels, and Julie Frost
- Produced by will.i.am, DJ Ammo, and Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins
- Released February 2011 by Interscope
Guide Review - Black Eyed Peas - "Just Can't Get Enough"
Fortunately, the music video which accompanies "Just Can't Get Enough" that was filmed in Tokyo, Japan just a week before the tragic earthquake and tsunami gives a little more weight to "Just Can't Get Enough." That grounds the song into something a bit more memorable. "Just Can't Get Enough" follows a familiar Black Eyed Peas formula that by now is starting to feel somewhat tiresome. Most of the running time of the song is taken up by the simple pop song structure and lyrics about addictive love. The final section switches things up into highly processed electronic territory without warning. Unfortunately, this section is no more memorable than what came before.
Listen to the wistfulness in Fergie's vocals here, and there are seeds for something more exciting. Her voice can carry an unvarnished sweetness that cuts through all of the electronic studio trickery with a palpable warmth. However, here, with all that surrounds it, that sweetness begins to sound like just another processed loop. The opportunity for real warmth is lost.
"Just Can't Get Enough" is pleasant to hear, but Black Eyed Peas can do so much more. With an American Idol performance and the unexpected poignance of the music video, this has become another massive hit for the group. However, it is starting to feel a bit like Black Eyed Peas are riding their success wave instead of pushing forward to catch the next surge. There is a sense, however, that this chapter for the group is coming toward an end point, and perhaps we will see a new direction emerge.