Well, the Black Eyed Peas certainly boom-boom-powed a lot into their Super Bowl Halftime Show – if only they could have added a little more vocal oomph.
To their credit, will.i.am and the gang did their vocals live, but that decision led to a whole lot of uneven singing and rapping, especially from Fergie, who sounded strong at times and strained at others. (UPDATE: Gawker's Matt Cherette has cobbled together all the Fergie parts in a handy video called "Here's Four Minutes of Fergie Shrieking...") Her ill-advised take on Guns 'n' Roses' “Sweet Child o' Mine,” complete with Slash guitar solo, was the most problematic. Usher, who dropped in (literally) to do the will.i.am-produced “OMG,” couldn't be heard at all, leading to him essentially being the world's most expensive backup dancer, though he did land an impressive split after jumping over Will.
Vocals aside, the Peas did succeed at creating a spectacle with their LED-enhanced outfits and a field full of Tron-influenced dancers. Instead of attempting to cram bits of eight songs into their time, they probably would have been better served at cutting the setlist in half and focusing on the sound.
I gotta feeling that the NFL is gonna go back to a rock-oriented halftime show next year.
SETLIST: I Gotta Feeling / Boom Boom Pow / Sweet Child o' Mine / Pump It / Let's Get It Started / OMG / Where Is the Love? / The Time (Dirty Bit) / I Gotta Feeling
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