Tom: To get the obvious question out of the way: yes, they’re still going. Albeit without Fergie.
Tim: Sure, of course they are, why not.
Tom: Which leaves the obvious second question: is this one of their greats? Is everyone going to be singing it? Years later, will people still get hyped up when they hear it? Is this a “Where Is The Love”, an “I Gotta Feeling”, a “Let’s Get It Started”? Or is this going to be… well, one of the others?
Tom: Oh no.
Tim: Or, as I thought a mere forty seconds in, and then even more so another twenty seconds later: holy shit.
Tom: It’s a four-minute track, and it overstays its welcome by minute one. Why is will.i.am suddenly putting on an accent? Why is, uh, that other guy’s rap so embarrassingly bad? Why is there a badly green-screened Rio in it?
Tim: And why, why why why, have they sampled Tombo really really slowly and without the melody?
Tom: In short: what on earth were they thinking?