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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.
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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: 20 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  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. Nov 26, 2010
    10
    M.I.A. brings 'Noise' to 'Music' by putting some crash metals, and chainsaw as part of the instrument. It shows how artistic M.I.A. is. FromM.I.A. brings 'Noise' to 'Music' by putting some crash metals, and chainsaw as part of the instrument. It shows how artistic M.I.A. is. From Arular to Maya, she had never disappointed me by bringing funk, alternative hip-hop, electro music in a different form. It shows that this woman does not care about commercial success. All she want is to tell her message. The album is fun, enjoying, and cool. Expand
  3. Jan 8, 2020
    10
    This is definitely one of my all-time favourite albums. She has a lot of darker lyrics in this album, compared to her previous work. there areThis is definitely one of my all-time favourite albums. She has a lot of darker lyrics in this album, compared to her previous work. there are tracks about terrorism, addiction and conspiracies about the internet being a tool for government spying, all topics which are more relevant than ever, almost 10 years on. she also uses very explosive production which was difficult to like at first, but ended up being the thing that kept me coming back for more. Expand
  4. Sep 30, 2013
    9
    This album is such a decay for M.I.A.. First of all, this is just a bunch of noise. But a bunch of noise with a lot of political darkThis album is such a decay for M.I.A.. First of all, this is just a bunch of noise. But a bunch of noise with a lot of political dark meanings. Some of these songs are unlistenable. I actually couldn't listen to the whole album.

    Look, if you have never listened to M.I.A. then you'll love MAYA. If you loved Arular & Kala as do I, you'll hate it for life. Highlights:

    Teqkilla 3/5
    It Takes a Muscle 5/5
    Caps Lock 10/10 Tied with "Paper Planes" as her best song ever in my opinion.
    Born Free 4/5
    Internet Connection 2/5

    Tracks XXXO & Tell Me Why are ok tracks, but they sound too "radio-friendly" to me. The rest of the album is completely forgettable.
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  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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