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Songs About Girls(will.i.am Music Group/Interscope)

Wednesday, Oct 17 2007
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Derivative, repetitive, insipid, insincere, and pandering, Songs About Girls also has the worst insert booklet in recent memory — seven pages of will.i.am mugging in a checkered suit. Actually, the first song, "Over," a lover's lament featuring a sample from Electric Light Orchestra (never a bad thing) isn't terrible. But with first single "I Got It from My Mama," the ship crashes directly into the iceberg. It's an almost note-for-note rip-off of "My Humps," which means, we guess, that there's a new worst single of the millennium. On "The Donque Song," Snoop regurgitates some of his Doggystyle rhymes over a techno beat, and then, on "One More Chance," will vomits up this gem: "I know you want more than a dick in ya. You want a good nigga to stick with ya." "Fantastic" contains yet another sample of The Jackson 5's "I Want You Back," and "S.O.S. (Mother Nature)" (are we done yet?) is an anti-global-warming power ballad. Kill yourself now.

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