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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
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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: 38 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. Mar 5, 2015
    10
    The Hindu culture inserted in this album is wonderful, the mantra sounds captivate me, this album is really fantastic and I can not wait toThe Hindu culture inserted in this album is wonderful, the mantra sounds captivate me, this album is really fantastic and I can not wait to see the new M.I.A. work. Expand
  2. Nov 11, 2013
    10
    Definitely a return to form, it really is just as good as Kala. It is not exactly the same as Kala or Arular, but it is on par if not better.Definitely a return to form, it really is just as good as Kala. It is not exactly the same as Kala or Arular, but it is on par if not better. I wasn't sure what to expect (being that I wasn't too thrilled with her last album), but this is a really coherent and well done album. Amazing. Expand
  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. May 13, 2014
    8
    Big return to form after the letdown of her previous album (MAYA). Bit of a mix of styles but it all works.
    Standout tracks: 'Warriors',
    Big return to form after the letdown of her previous album (MAYA). Bit of a mix of styles but it all works.
    Standout tracks: 'Warriors', 'Sexodus' / 'Exodus', 'Bring the Noize'
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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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