Will.i.am predictably handles most of the production duties, but cohort Apl.de.ap pleasantly surprises, bringing a more head-nodding thump with his two creations, “Hot” and “Release.” While it’s not enough to totally compensate for their shortcomings as MCs (like their friend Wyclef, they do just enough to fill the space between choruses), the Peas’ musical excellence makes for an enjoyable listening experience. Bridging the Gap is a solid, unspectacular effort, which will appeal to fans of both Dilated Peoples and Macy Gray.
Luke Forrest writes about music for the Metro Times. E-mail email@example.com.
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