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After naming an album for her father (Arular) and one for her mother (Kala), M.I.A. made MAYA her own album. What this actually means can be researched in future years by uncovering the lyrics sewn deep in this musical pastiche where no style stands alone. The form of her music suggests there’s a party going on, but the sound of her music suggests the party is about to turn into a riot. The Sri Lankan singer uses enough abrasive tones to defy the usual conventions of sound and, in turn, redefines what music can actually be. It’s a heady ambition and while her controversial life story often gets in the way of her artistic ambitions, it’s unfair to judge any music based on a back story that neither helps or hinders. M.I.A. approaches music as a warpath. “Teqkilla” is a party anthem where one raises a glass in the spirit of revolution as the music assembles into a militaristic pummel where sounds drop from the skies. “Meds and Feds” is the sound of artillery working its way through an OCD sufferer’s therapy session. “Believer” surfs the smooth curves of Auto-Tune until it comes out on the wrong side of Jamaica.

Customer Reviews

Good - as long as it's not supposed to be music.

I can very much tell that opinions of this album will vary a lot. Here's why. This is different from anything else I know of. Most of the songs are too bland to qualify as "music" ("What is this junk?" I first thought). But even so, I DID find myself very much enjoying some of it. It has such an interesting futuristic sound to it. It has been said that this is the "SOUND of the future" and I can very much understand why people would feel this way. However if this is the MUSIC of the future then I am very concerned and worried about the future of music. So rather than thinking of it as music, best to just enjoy it for what it is... if you can.
Unfortunately there are a few tracks on this album that qualify as music. I say unfortunately because they only just qualify, so that makes them quite terrible when compared to the other, far better music out there. "XXXO" is certainly music, although I'd say it's really just a mainstream track thrown in there to get the album on the radio.
I congratulate M.I.A. for trying something new. I just hope it gets its own genre called "non-music" so that it doesn't ruin the face of music completely.


I was waiting for this album for awhile, but it's an utter disspointmnet. Only the XXX0 track is 'listenable'.

shes back

M.I.A is back with a new amazing album
definetly for anyones ipod :)


Born: 17 July 1977 in Hounslow, England

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s, '10s

If you read a lot about new music on the Web, odds are pretty good that, at some point between the September 2004 release of "Galang" and the March 2005 release of Arular, you were struck with the urge to turn your computer off or maybe even heave it out of a nearby window. If you don't read a lot about new music on the Web, the preceding sentence indicates how bewildering and draining the chatter about M.I.A. became. Arular, M.I.A.'s first album, leaked well before its official release, allowing...
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  • $16.99
  • Genres: Electronic, Music, Dance, Alternative, Rock
  • Released: 12 July 2010

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