- 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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SpinWill likely be the best political album this year. [Mar 2005, p.88]
UncutM.I.A.'s vivid debut already sounds like a booty-shaking milestone to rank alongside The Streets and Dizzee Rascal. [May 2005, p.98]
It's an accessible album, but one containing challenging contrasts. In the end, what's most impressive is how Arulpragasam powerfully weaves a consistent theme of rootlessness throughout the record, drawing on her experiences in both the third world and modern London, from civil war to Western urban culture, and her own, highly unique, bastardized form of pop music is the extraordinary end result.
The WireA thrilling affair. [#252, p.63]
Q MagazineM.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]
JMJul 7, 2005One of the essential albums of the year...
janeDoeAug 8, 2005I'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 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
TerronMNov 29, 2006this is the best album i have ever brought. THE BEST.
RichardRMar 29, 2005This record is great. My only complaint is why no more pictures of her! She's way beyond sexy... More than half of the songs are as This record is great. My only complaint is why no more pictures of her! She's way beyond sexy... More than half of the songs are as catchy and creative as can be.… Expand
NADIAGSep 25, 2006read 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 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
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 While 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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