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NEW M.i.a. - Arular (CD)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Maya's style really does deserves attention! June 23 2007
By Jenny J.J.I. TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Her first track really got my attention around August 2005. I first seen her video "Galang" on the "Yahoo Launch". M.I.A.'s first record is great! It is such an interesting style of dance music and the politics intertwined in it make it intellectual too! Mainly though, this music will have you dancing and repeating the smart and catchy lyrics. M.I.A. has no qualms about mentioning bombs, guns, terrorists and racism in her songs.

Straddling the great musical divide, M.I.A. sticks her tongue out at the mainstream and moons the underground with a sound that both betrays and praises the music of her peers. She borrows from hip-hop, dancehall, reggaeton, electro-clash, drum 'n' bass and world music yet creates a sum different from the parts using little more than a drum machine and her own lyrical might.

Her debut album, Arular (XL/Beggar's Banquet), is a Masala of planet-rock beats and batucada cut ups set off by a delivery so cadent, it's the percussive force behind the album. M.I.A.'s most successful when she's letting loose over a dancehall rhythm, her cockney-Jamaican accent punctuating each low-end blast with proclamations of her prowess on the mike. Such is the nature of her MCing, which can be heard to blistering effect on the single "Fire Fire," on which she dismisses her peers, asserting, "Competition coming' up now/ Load up and fire, fire bo!" This is to say there's no match for M.I.A. Even comparable British MCs like Ms. Dynamite, The Streets and Dizzy Raskal fall short if only because they lack the sexual je ne se quoi that M.I.A. shamelessly exudes.

Moreover, where her countrymen exist solely within the British two-step tradition, M.I.A. is a welcome every woman coming off like a basement (Jamaican party) queen rocking a favela (Brazilian ghetto) bass line.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It'll get in your head ... Aug. 19 2005
By Mark B
Format:Audio CD
I saw the video for Galang on BPM and was laughing out loud. This skinny little Sri Lankan girl was spitting out london ghetto rap while dancing crazily in front of a cartoon backdrop. But the next few days, something about the beat stayed in my head. I had to hear it again. I did, and I taped it, and the more I listened to it the more I realized I wanted to hear more. I found it at a store and bought it. On the bus ride home I didn't much care for it, but like the Galang video, it stayed in my head. Everytime I listened to it I liked it a little bit more. It's like watching Pulp Fiction, each time you see it, something appears to you that you missed before that makes the whole thing make more and more sense. By now, it is one of my favourite CD's and I don't even listen to this genre (if it even fits into any genre) regularly. It isn't for everyone, but if you have a good subwoofer and an open mind for something unique...give it a shot.
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4.0 out of 5 stars super original Feb. 15 2009
Format:Audio CD
Dès la première écoute, je suis tombé sous le charme. Il ne ressemble à rien d'autre que je connaisse, bien que je possède une grande quantité (et variété) de musique.

La façon de chanter, les rythmes et l'instrumentation y sont uniques. Je suggère chaudement ce CD à toute personne ouverte aux musiques du monde.
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5.0 out of 5 stars refreshing March 23 2006
By JC
Format:Audio CD
M.I.A. is truley a unique presence in music today. Her beats are fantastic, her political messages relevant and very current, and she represents for strong women everywhere. An icredible album, intelligent and thought provoking. A must have for music fans with brains and political interests.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing March 5 2006
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I don't know why Mr. Cooke thinks that the songs are a bit repetitive, I didn't find that at all. M.I.A. is political, unique with a strong sense of grrrrl-power. She's what the industry needs more of...
Favourites: Galang, Sunshowers, Hombre, and pull up the people- but all the songs are great. The remix to Galang (if you can find it) is also amazing.
If you like her, check out K'naan, a Canadian hip hop artist. He possesses that same originality and political edge for which M.I.A. is known.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! Sept. 29 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
M.I.A.'s Arular is unique and creative, thought provoking and ultimately entertaining. It is a challenging first listen, but it is so infectious... I am still listening after months of play. It is not an album for everyone and it definitely has dubious commercial appeal, but Arular's blend of South Asian rhymes, political commentary and heavy electronica is, in my opinion, absolutely brilliant.
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