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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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  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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  1. Positive: 39 out of 40
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  1. Mar 7, 2014
    10
    M.I.A has always been an amazing Fusion Music artist, this is how she does not limit her in terms of creativity. Plus she Rocks !!!!! ThisM.I.A has always been an amazing Fusion Music artist, this is how she does not limit her in terms of creativity. Plus she Rocks !!!!! This album is full of up beat music and contains lyrics that is personal to M.I.A . Whenever I go down the street listing to this alum , it hard for me not dance to the music and make a complete fool of my self . 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 5, 2013
    8
    Matangi may lack an authentic heart, since it is, as Maya stated, all of her previous albums in one place, but it is nevertheless quiteMatangi may lack an authentic heart, since it is, as Maya stated, all of her previous albums in one place, but it is nevertheless quite creative, inspired and aesthetically, a step-forward, quite different from MAYA, where the music was lacking a body and sounding derivative and confusing. More than any other thing she did before, most of the songs in Matangi lack a predictable structure and that is at same time challenging to the ears and the sensibility, as well as entertaining and fun. The hype of Matangi's release may eclipse expectations and resound disappointing, but don't pay attention to lazy press like Pitchfork or AllMusic. Mrs. Maya is still a craftswoman for specific tastes. When she is no longer an exotic appearance, since this is her 4th album, just the true appreciators will appreciate. Step in or leave it. 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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