The Bottom Line
So what do you do to follow up two enormous hit singles that amount to the longest string of consecutive weeks at the top of the pop singles chart for any recording act? If you are the Black Eyed Peas you release another effortlessly melodic song that would sound equally outstanding on the radio or listening at home. It takes little stretch of the imagination to see "Meet Me Halfway" climbing the charts as well and possibly even being the group's third consecutive #1.
- Fergie's confident, slightly emotional vocals
- Timeless disco-based beat
- Effortless melody
- Ordinary lyrics
- Written by Black Eyed Peas, Keith Harris, Jean Baptiste, Sylvia Gordon
- Produced by will.i.am and Keith Harris
- Released September 2009 by Interscope
Guide Review - Black Eyed Peas - "Meet Me Halfway"
A key to the success of the Black Eyed Peas' dual chart-topping smash hits "Boom Boom Pow" and "I Gotta Feeling" is their ability to combine elements of past hit music with futuristic sounds in a way that makes the music timeless. "Meet Me Halfway" accomplishes the same feat once again. The beat here is classic disco, Fergie says she borrowed her vocal style from 80's memories, and yet the song incorporates a digital sheen and vocal effects that place "Meet Me Halfway" both in the moment and occupying a musical space that feels timeless.
Fergie has the clear lead vocal here. She will never blow someone away with a bombastic voice or an otherworldly vocal range. However, she has an almost tearful edge to her voice that makes nearly any of her performances sound soaked with emotion. "Meet Me Halfway" is no exception. With the focus clearly on Fergie, this could in some ways be seen as a solo effort. However, the style of the song fits better in the context of the Black Eyed Peas album The E.N.D. instead of Fergie's The Dutchess.
While imagining that "Meet Me Halfway" will spend another dozen weeks at the top of the pop singles chart for Black Eyed Peas seems beyond expectations, it really does not seem a stretch to imagine this song in the upper reaches of charts if not even at #1 for a period of time. The Black Eyed Peas are a band that have captured the zeitgeist of 2009 perfectly. These songs fit the pop environment of today, and they will sound just as good years from now as nostalgia pieces. "Meet Me Halfway" effortlessly continues the successful run of the Black Eyed Peas. You will be singing along with Fergie in no time.