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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. 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
  2. Nov 10, 2013
    10
    Bad Girls definitely isn't the big name of the album. M.I.A. keeps reinventing herself..
    Definitely one of her bests work.. Exceeded Maya and
    Bad Girls definitely isn't the big name of the album. M.I.A. keeps reinventing herself..
    Definitely one of her bests work.. Exceeded Maya and bring the noize for all of us.
    Best song of the album: Exodus.
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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. Jul 22, 2014
    9
    An amazingly done album. Cohesive, banging, and has that M.I.A. flair that her followers should know well. This album, from the beginning,An amazingly done album. Cohesive, banging, and has that M.I.A. flair that her followers should know well. This album, from the beginning, already grips you. Karmageddon, the album opener, is a short rap by our artist, and one that just makes you wonder what is in store for you. The endless tempo changes, crazy lyrics, and insane beats just sound like it would be a mess. However, she did it, and did it well. It's not perfect, but it isn't poorly done, either. Matangi brings a bunch of sounds that blend together and are perfect if you're up for getting "turnt up." I really recommend Only 1 U, Double Bubble Trouble, Y.A.L.A., and Bring the Noize. Very well done album. 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. Dec 3, 2013
    8
    Matangi throws a rollercoaster of musical styles and sounds at you, which vary from dark, to playful, to outright sterile. The album has quiteMatangi throws a rollercoaster of musical styles and sounds at you, which vary from dark, to playful, to outright sterile. The album has quite a brooding sense about it, a sort of aggression and power that attempts to violate your ears. If you give it a chance however, you'll learn to appreciate the over inflated electronic assaults and the indulgent and forceful tones, and come to terms with the fact that no one else in the music industry sounds like this, few (if any) artists would be as daring as this, and as it happens, a lot of the album is so annoyingly addictive so that you'll find yourself listening to it time and time again, even if you wanted to tell yourself that it was a mess to begin with. Expand
  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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