Arular - M.I.A.
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  • Summary: This short but wildly eclectic debut album from Maya Arulpragasam, a Sri Lankan-born, London-based artist and daughter of a Tamil Tiger revolutionary, is preceded by enormous buzz in both the U.K. and the U.S.
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  1. Positive: 32 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. It’s a swaggering, spitting, utterly contemporary album of politically dissident, sexually forthright Anglo-Sri Lankan dubstep bhangra hip-pop IDM in which M.I.A. stars as protagonist, antagonist, chanteuse, MC, exotic schoolgirl tease, graphic artist, chastiser of the immoral, and fun-loving London-living party girl. And all in under 40 minutes, too. It’s special. We’ve not heard it’s like before.
  2. Weird, playful, unclassifiable, sexy, brilliantly addictive.
  3. “Arular”, as well as being a particularly great and brave album, could well be this year’s Portishead or Massive Attack.
  4. As an MC, M.I.A. sounds brash and sassy, a party-starter first and a polemicist second.
  5. 80
    Arular's irresistible blend of crafty refugee chic and subversive digital skipping rhymes will do very nicely for the moment. [Jun 2005, p.108]
  6. Shrapnel-sharp dance music that demands to be heard.
  7. M.I.A.'s style mag-cool pop-rap doesn't have the substance to carry the dark subtext of the title. [May 2005, p.107]

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  1. Negative: 24 out of 143
  1. JM
    Jul 7, 2005
    One of the essential albums of the year...
  2. janeDoe
    Aug 8, 2005
    I'd heard some cuts from this album on npr this year and I thought wow.... I've got to get that record. Needless to say I was not disappointed. Maya's mix of Bhangra, hip hop, and diy beats makes her one of the years stand out artist. Not only is her sound timeless but her lyrics are as well. She is a woman with something to say and on this record she says it loud and clear. Expand
  3. BrooklynK
    Oct 21, 2006
    Awesome Album! I really enjoy it. Crazy beats and heavy thoughts. Totally worth the 25$ Hah
  4. Tortoise
    Mar 30, 2005
    Hombre and Galang are interesting tracks.
    Sep 25, 2006
    read a review on her and decided to buy the album.. One of the best albums i have ever heard. If i need to get hyped up or motivated for anything,thats the cd i grab..totally addictive. Expand
  6. RasulS
    Apr 5, 2005
    I am HUGE music Fan - my music interests span from artists such as Ali Farka Toure to Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails and M.I.A.'s album is hot geniusness!! The music is paradoxical in a beautiful way (but doesn't that make the most interesting stuff?) Inititally the party aspect of her music hits you, then, if you feel the need to dig deeper, you can explore the complex issues of her politics as she spreads them acrross the landscape of here album. This all in turn creates a complex mosaic of good time partying and thought provoking polemics. What an album!! Definitely the sure shot of '05. Pull up the People Pull up the Poor. . . . !!! Rock on M.I.A. Expand
  7. Buck65
    Mar 22, 2005
    This album is not good and overrated. There are so many albums just like this and are for some reason rated differently.

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