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With their third disc, the alterna-rap offering Elephunk, Los Angeles hip-hop trio Black Eyed Peas once again bridge the gap between rap and pop. But this time the rhyming trio of Will.I.Am., Taboo, and apl.d.ap have added another pea to the pod -- female singer Fergie, who lends soulful wails to the Peas' live music and infectious hooks. As on past efforts, the group cleverly incorporates a variety of eclectic sounds, such as old-school rap samples, Latin grooves, and dancehall riddims. In 2000, the Peas garnered crossover success with "Request Line," their collaboration with Macy Gray, and here they up the ante by recruiting a breathless Justin Timberlake for the first single, "Where Is the Love," which touches on topical issues including the war on terrorism and discrimination. Other guest shots include reggae vet Tippa Irie on the Sean Paulreminiscent "Hey Mama" and Papa Roach on the rap-rock anthem "Anxiety," where crunching guitars overtake the Peas' elementary flows. Only on "Sexy," which supports a romantic rap with guitar and piano lines from bossa nova legend Sergio Mendes, does the collaboration fully gel. When left to their own devices -- as on such party-starting, sing-along tracks as "Hands Up" and "Fly Away" -- Black Eyed Peas show their true colors and really reach the dazzling creative heights they're capable of.