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  • Summary: The Sri Lankan-born, UK-based rapper releases her third album of eclectic, bold beats featuring production by Blaqstarr, Switch, and Diplo.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 41
  2. Negative: 1 out of 41
  1. Just play it a few more times than the fools who clocked dollars for the job and you'll get your money's worth. And I do mean on all 16 new songs‑-three of the four bonus tracks are upper 50th percentile for sure.
  2. It's less digestible but it's tauter, more metallic and yes, industrial.
  3. As long as her music remains as bold, inventive and occasionally thrilling as it is here, long may that continue.
  4. Favoring melody over raucous beats is a risky strategy, but she just about pulls it off.
  5. Although MAYA is an undeniable testament to M.I.A.'s inventiveness, the album is so jam-packed with beats that any statement that she is making gets lost in translation.
  6. It may be an above-average album, but its aesthetic matches her persona only at its shallowest levels, in the thinness of its ideas and the often-forceful ugliness of its message.
  7. MAYA, M.I.A.'s third and so obviously worst album, is the sound of a devoted audience getting f***ed over by a musical sociopath.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Aug 17, 2010
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Every time M.I.A returns, we all get excited about the new album. This time we can cry of joy because she brought us the best of alternative Hip-Hop and Electro music, and also the best of her. After almost a year of production, the result is very clear: all of us can see that this is the best Electro record of the year, if not the decadeâ Expand
  2. Mar 5, 2015
    10
    This is the best album I've ever heard in my life, do not get so much hate for him, it is a masterpiece, wonderfu, really M.I.A. proved to beThis is the best album I've ever heard in my life, do not get so much hate for him, it is a masterpiece, wonderfu, really M.I.A. proved to be a fully -ass artist when he released this album. Expand
  3. Mar 24, 2015
    10
    The most lovely M.I.A.'s album! Exploding beats and a very big step from Diplo's Arular and Kala. Very fresh and deep sounds. All tracks areThe most lovely M.I.A.'s album! Exploding beats and a very big step from Diplo's Arular and Kala. Very fresh and deep sounds. All tracks are just eargasmic. Expand
  4. May 6, 2013
    9
    I really don't understand why so much people didn't like this. As a eletronic album, it explores interesting things, and sounds good. Just theI really don't understand why so much people didn't like this. As a eletronic album, it explores interesting things, and sounds good. Just the deluxe edition's tracks is a deception, just Illygirl have the M.I.A.'s level. Expand
  5. Nov 24, 2010
    9
    Top five album of the year. I really love this album. The songs are really great. M.i.a is an amazing artist I think more people should listenTop five album of the year. I really love this album. The songs are really great. M.i.a is an amazing artist I think more people should listen to her. A great Alt/dance alt/hip hop album. A Must buy album 10/10 Expand
  6. Aug 12, 2010
    8
    "// / Y /", in its proper spelling, reveals the in-betweens of M.I.A.'s thoughts and perceptions when she's not saving the world one "banga""// / Y /", in its proper spelling, reveals the in-betweens of M.I.A.'s thoughts and perceptions when she's not saving the world one "banga" at a time. Expand
  7. Sep 28, 2010
    2
    This album is full of unbelievably boring, stale harmonies and meaningless, vague, droned lyrics devoid of human emotion. I'm astonished thatThis album is full of unbelievably boring, stale harmonies and meaningless, vague, droned lyrics devoid of human emotion. I'm astonished that something so poor could come from someone so talented as MIA. Alas, while performing at the Oya festival, she "threatened (according to Pitchfork)" that she would do XXXO, but for the fact that she would have to lip-synch it like a real pop song. Upon reading this, everything made sense to me: this is an album people are meant to hate. Congratulations, Maya, you have succeeded. Expand

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