Matangi

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  • Summary: The fourth full-length studio release for the British singer/rapper features a guest appearance from The Weekend as well as production from Danja, Doc McKinney, Hit-Boy, Illangelo, The Partysquad, and Switch.
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Bad Girls
Live fast, die young Bad girls do it well Live fast, die young Bad girls do it well My chain hits my chest When I'm bangin' on the dashboard My... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 33 out of 37
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  1. There are overworked beatscapes and confounding lyrics, sure--but also multiple sublime, fully formed songs.
  2. 85
    Her child-like rhymes may seem like she’s only toying with playground politics but she knows exactly where her strengths are; Matangi is a tribute to those talents and it’s an unmitigated thrill. Dissident, deviant, “mili-tent”; Cookie cutter pop star she is not, but a true great she absolutely is.
  3. Nov 4, 2013
    80
    Like its creator, Matangi is flawed, frustrating, and occasionally confusing, but it's also intermittently brilliant and completely unique.
  4. Mojo
    Dec 18, 2013
    80
    The snotty attitude of MIA's incendiary globalist skipping rhymes has never been better balanced with first-rate pop hooks. [Jan 2014, p.96]
  5. Nov 7, 2013
    78
    Matangi, her fourth disc as M.I.A., succeeds in recovering lost ground from 2010 slump Maya thanks to the fire in its belly.
  6. Nov 21, 2013
    70
    Matangi sounds like a mess on first, second and third listen--and it doesn't help that the album's worst missteps, the lumbering Britpop-worthy ballad 'Come Walk With Me' and the squeaky irritant 'aTENTion', weigh down its first half. But when it coheres, it's a thrill.
  7. Nov 4, 2013
    50
    That stalled growth speaks to where M.I.A. ends up on Matangi, since even the best moments on it feel a bit rote and too reminiscent of her finest hours on the first two albums, as if she hasn’t been able to advance her creativity much further.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. Jun 3, 2014
    10
    Four genius albums in a row. Brilliant. A bit dark in parts, but still very good. Her strength lies in her global party jams like "Y.A.L.A.".Four genius albums in a row. Brilliant. A bit dark in parts, but still very good. Her strength lies in her global party jams like "Y.A.L.A.". Very unique collection of songs, and I still think "Boom" should be a full song instead of a skit. Expand
  2. Nov 11, 2013
    10
    I was waiting very long time for this, but I'm not disappointment with the result. This is for sure one of best albums of 2013. I'm reallyI was waiting very long time for this, but I'm not disappointment with the result. This is for sure one of best albums of 2013. I'm really happy with this and I can't find any flaw in this album. Everything is perfect starting with artwork to the music. I'm not going to mention my favourites, because I love whole album, my only one tiny note is that "Lights" is the only song on the album that I'm not crazy about, but I still like it.
    I'm happy that there are out there artists like M.I.A. creative, different, futuristic. I think that few pop artist of younger generations should take a notes.
    Great job M.I.A. I'm proud to be your fan.
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  3. Nov 5, 2013
    10
    One of the most exciting records I've heard in a long time. Thank you M.I.A. for sharing your art with us.

    My favorite tracks are Warriors,
    One of the most exciting records I've heard in a long time. Thank you M.I.A. for sharing your art with us.

    My favorite tracks are Warriors, Boom, and aTENTion
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  4. Dec 15, 2014
    9
    This is the most commercial album of Maya, but it is still good. The message you have the songs are very good. The production is incredibleThis is the most commercial album of Maya, but it is still good. The message you have the songs are very good. The production is incredible with exception of the unbearable "Bring The Noize". The best are: Bad Girls, Yala, Come Walk With Me and Exodus Expand
  5. Nov 11, 2013
    8
    WILD album. Exodus and Sexodus are INSANE, although practically the same song. I don't really understand what they tried to achieve there...WILD album. Exodus and Sexodus are INSANE, although practically the same song. I don't really understand what they tried to achieve there... but still both are incredible. This is a true return to form for M.I.A. after that abortion she gave us with Y M.I.A. continues to fuse 12 musical styles together per song while still turning in an entertaining and engaging listen. Bad Girls, Bring the Noize, and Come Walk With Me are some of my personal standouts but really, every track besides aTENTion is worthwhile listening and each track definitely stands on it's own... excluding the strange Exodus/Sexodus situation, they're practically the same song, but they have subtle differences, it's weird. I'd be way more angry about that if it weren't for how AMAZING those songs are. Expand
  6. Nov 19, 2013
    8
    Before Bad Girls blew larger than life into the mainstream conciousness, M.I.A dropped the Vickileekx mixtape and I was quite certain that itBefore Bad Girls blew larger than life into the mainstream conciousness, M.I.A dropped the Vickileekx mixtape and I was quite certain that it was the direction album #4 would take on. After the contradicting aftermath success of Paper Planes and the polarizing, ill received MAYA, M.I.A came off as this reluctant pop star, and it wasn’t that hard to figure out why skeptics are quick to dissect her intentions and artistry. After a seemingly long hiatus consisting of personal turmoil, several push backs and label dispute, it was clear that MIA’s head is up in the clouds of uncertainty but all thanks to the hindu goddess of music, Matangi saw the light of day of being released.

    Certainly, this album sounds like every bit of what MIA has gone over the past few years. It’s brilliant, confusing and predictable all at the same time. The album opens with the unnecessary Karmagaddon intro that falls short in introducing Matangi the way The Message signalled the of MAYA. Majority of Matangi seems to give ode to her early materials while trying to make it sound current (Matangi & Lights). And what’s fascinating about it is that MIA got on board with some of the current top 40 hit producers and she made them work overtime to produce something beyond their music palate into something distinctively MIA-esque (Warrior). I would go on and say that this might be the album MIA has been secretly wanting to release all along. Her most pop leaning record. A blatant attempt to actually dominate the pop scene. And when Matangi gets it right, it reaches out for a chokehold and there’s no room for a breather, leaving the obvious and unnecessary duds (aTENTion, Y.A.L.A, Know it Ain’t Right) noticeable. Matangi is one of the most engaging and essential albums to listen to this year.
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  7. Nov 7, 2013
    5
    What a let down. Bad Girls is by far the best song and that's been out almost two years. This album is a disappointment, like every otherWhat a let down. Bad Girls is by far the best song and that's been out almost two years. This album is a disappointment, like every other album after Arular and Kala. That won't stop the blogs from raving about it though. Expand

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