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Posted by: Dave on April 11, 2005 at 10:34 pm

Sound: Electronica, hip hop and Jamaican dancehall meet tribal rhythms and jungle beats; it most often resembles the UK grime sound of Dizzee Rascalicon and Wileyicon, but is more danceable and hypnotic; she’s the first woman to bring such a sound to the U.S.
Notes: M.I.A. is essentially Maya Arulpragasam, a Sri Lankan who moved to London at age 11, and a crew of producers
Look for: Militant lyrics that vaguely address the instability in her homeland, push for change and at the same time declare her arrival as an original artist
Also look for: Her mix of rapping, singing, chanting and yelping that occasionally recalls Adam Anticon songs like “Ant Rapicon” and “Prince Charmingicon
Heavy Rotation tracks: Amazonicon“; “Sunshowersicon“; “10
Dollar
icon“; “Hombreicon“; “Galangicon“; (the second half of the album is stronger than the first)
Medium Rotation tracks: The resticon
Recommended: To anyone looking for something strikingly fresh and original, all electronic/dance music fans, and people who like political music (even if the politics are confusing).
Grade: A (Strong candidate for the Top 10 Albums of 2005)

(As posted 4/11/05 on davepowersmusic.com)
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One Response to “M.I.A. Arular (XL Recordings)”

  1. New Music Nation » Blog Archive » Top 100 Albums of the ’00s Says:

    […] 21. John Legend Get Lifted (Sony Urban Music) 22. M.I.A. Arular (XL Recordings) 23. Conor Oberst Conor Oberst (Merge) 24. Band of Horses Cease to Begin (Sub Pop) 25. Abandon Jalopy Mercy (Stank Face Laboratories) 26. The White Stripes White Blood Cells (Sympathy for the Record Industry) 27. Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley Welcome to Jamrock (Universal) 28. Fugazi The Argument (Dischord) 29. The Decemberists Picaresque (Kill Rock Stars) 30. Vampire Weekend Vampire Weekend (XL) […]

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