- 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.
- Record Label: Beggars Banquet / XL
- Genre(s): Electronic, Rap, Dancehall
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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.
JMJul 7, 2005One of the essential albums of the year...
JohnDJul 13, 2005Let's get some things straight here. First of all, I am not some dude who goes out and buys the latest thing on the market; my money is very valuable to me, and I spend it sparingly. I also do not like to dance all that often (or, I like to spare people around me the sight of me dancing whenever possible). Now, I happen to think that this is one of the best albums of the year so far, so my opinion could be seen as unusual. If you were expecting production values rivaling those of 50 Cent's albums, you would probably be dissappointed here, since M.I.A. would rather create a true product than an instant hit. Don't expect this to be a rap album, either; this is dance-hall music through and through. If you don't like it, then maybe its just not your taste. I'm not quite sure why I like this album so much, but the fact is that I do like it.… Expand
AranBJun 28, 2006I find it annoying when people say "She's only popular because of her story" The only reason her story is included in reviews and such is because it's so damn interesting, and it actually helped her CD become what it is. I started listening to M.I.A. because it sounded so great, and I usually hate rap and such. I loved the strange voice, and it made me wanna dance. I'd read that the lyrics had a political meaning, but that was after I'd already loved her music. Then, I got the album, and as I read the lyrics, I realised how great this album was on both levels. The only possible thing I can think of that isn't great about the album is that some of the beats are similar, but that's not a big problem since each song is solid and unique enough on its own, and each song has a very different subject, but they are all linked. I'm looking forward to M.I.A.'s next album, because she's going to be producing it, or so I have heard.… Expand
NicholasTJan 20, 2006There are very few albums that I listen to and love immediately. Arular is one of them. This album is simply put, fun. It begs to be listened to and danced to but there is also so much depth to be found beneath the pop/hip-hop surface.… Expand
andpolaMar 26, 2005While the beats are insane, and this girl sure knows how to rock out. I think it's too political for it's own good. The saving grace about this is the songs are so hot you can listen to one and completly miss the undertones, but still enjoy the album.… Expand
Buck65Mar 22, 2005This 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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