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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.

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Totally crazy but amazing

This is the kind of sound that you either love with all your might or hate with every fiber of your being. With it's general insanity and pounding beats, (which by the way sounds AMAZING blasted from a car with the bass turned way up,) it's an absolute mind****. I might lose my hearing by 19, but it'll be worth it.

Sounds Like

A million vuvuzelas mixed with soulja boys "Pretty Boy Swag"


MIA is so caught up in herself. what does she think she needs to say that we don't know already? She's just trying to shock people much like Madonna or Lady Gaga (AKA BRUNO). She doesn't have any talent per say other than getting decent producers to do everything for her. Her lyrical cheese-whiz is ridiculous i.e. the line about 'tweeting like tweety bird on your iphone'. She's trying a bit too hard. Her preaching is a difficult pill to swallow, especially when she's living the good life in her MTV crib. She needs to not act so childish (posting a rivals cell # on twitter), and get a sense of humor.

Luckily, the producers she gets like Diplo do a decent enough job on overall production. It helps that they cover up her below average vocals and horrid self-righteous lyrics and persona. It's time we as listeners stop taking interest in spoiled self-important brats with no talent.


Born: July 17, 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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MAYA (Deluxe Edition), M.I.A.
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  • $7.99
  • Genres: Electronic, Music
  • Released: Jul 13, 2010
  • Parental Advisory

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