Paper Planes - Single
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Are some of these other reviews a touch sensationalist? A tad dim perhaps? Or is it just me. ANy songs with guns and that, right, are well wrong. cos they are making britain pull the trigger on ITSELF, yeah? Think about dat. And the kids will imitate it and then, and then, we'll blame this song right? Yeah? Never mind that it's one of the catchiest, most addictive slices of pop gold to come along in a good while. On the gunshots and cash register ringing in the song's chorus, M.I.A felt "you can either apply it on a street level and go, oh, you’re talking about somebody robbing you and saying I’m going to take your money. But, really, it could be a much bigger idea: someone’s selling you guns and making money " adding "It is [a lot for a pop song] but you only have three minutes to put in your thesis." (consumerism=violence? a critique of capitalism?)
Finally M.I.A. is getting the recognition she deserves, even if it is nearly a year after the song was originally released. The song is definitely one of her best and a great introduction to an amazing artist for anyone who doesn't know her yet. On the gun discussion, the song is supposed to be ironic and satirical, not actually encouraging violence. M.I.A. is a fiercely political artist. According to herself, the song is about the arms trade. Guns are being sold and used and so there are people making money from the violence on the streets. Maybe by getting mainstream exposure people won't notice this and condemn the song or take it in their own way, but M.I.A. should be applauded for not only making great music, but being so outspoken and meaningful in a pop song.
Brilliant Clash sample
M.I.A + The Clash = excellent song Good to see that M.I.A. is getting some of the attention she rightly deserves. Both of her albums are top quality stuff!
Born: 17 July 1977 in Hounslow, England
Years Active: '00s, '10s