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M.I.A.Audio CD
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Once there was a girl named Matangi. This was 5000 years ago. Her father was an untouchable fearsome fighter and was a sage who gained sublime power through ascetic practice over thousands of years, and Matangi became known as a goddess of music and spoken word; she wasn’t a warrior but rather a minister sometimes referred to as the Queen of Queens. She spoke truth to power by ... Read more in Amazon's M.I.A. Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 22, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Xl/Beggars US
  • ASIN: B0007KIFLO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335,459 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Banana Skit
2. Pull Up The People
3. Bucky Done Gun
4. Fire Fire
5. Freedom Skit
6. Amazon
7. Bingo
8. Hombre
9. One For The Head Skit
10. 10 $
11. Sunshowers
12. Galang

Editorial Reviews

M.I.A.'s debut record is both intensely urban and aggressively modern. Maya Arul infuses her blend of hip-hop and chunky electro with raw, tribal overtones and a healthy dose of sex appeal. There are elements of world music here, in Arul's multilingual vocal as well as the tonal shifts and instrumentation (like the drone that opens up "Hombre"). Her delivery uses a variety of yelps and tics full of street-wise confidence and bratty energy. But there's also an appealing melodic sense, like early Neneh Cherry or Miss Kitten when she's not in diva mode. M.I.A. doesn't really sound like anybody; the music is just experimental enough to wiggle out of easy comparisons. The IDM-style bleeps and beeps of "Galang," for example, give an already catchy song extra punch. The only problem with the record, a common flaw for debuts, is a sameness from track to track which robs it of the ability to surprise. Still, Arul is hugely talented and her abundant originality packs a wallop. --Matthew Cooke

Customer Reviews

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163 of 191 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Three Stages of Acceptance April 3, 2005
Format:Audio CD
When I first heard of M.I.A. through word of mouth and anticipating articles, I sort of formed this opinion of this interesting, yet ultimately disappointing electronic outfit.

I listened to the single, "Galang" and was very put off.

So...don't ask me why I decided to buy Arular when I found it had placed #2 on my store's top 10 dance albums. *Something* compelled me. So as I took it home and listened to it, I found I was seriously not in the mood for it. I wanted something melodic, and this album is anything BUT melodic. On top of that, her accent and the amount of violence really made me worry that I wasted my money.

Yet I found I couldn't put it away. It constantly finds it's way on my stereo, and then I started really listening to the tracks, and I found that I really do love this CD. It's seductive, it's sleek, it's sexy, and it's BLUNT. Another reviewer put it perfectly about the artist post 9/11. The first skit, "Banana Skit" had me captivated simply by the use of beats. That she's teaching us how to pronounce Banana only makes it better. "Pull Up The People" had a driving and seductive beat with an extremely relevant message. Actually I believe her entire album has a great message.

Bucky Done Gun uses a weird horn sample during the song which I actually can't wait to hear whenever I listen to the music.

All of the songs share the inventiveness, creativity, and desperation of an artist craving to express herself. This album isn't for everyone, but it should be.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular Arular October 3, 2006
Format:Audio CD
this album is great! its refreshing to discover a strong female artist who's unwilling to use her sexuality to sell records. think about it, there are really very few out there who aren't shaking their [...] to hide that they have no real talent. heck, i can drop it like its hot, it don't mean a thang. so i heard "galang" about a year ago and was blown away - awesome! i had to have the album so i scooped it up and from the first "ba-na-na" i was hooked. MIA throws down great lyrics, rapping, singing, chanting. really fun stuff, despite the content at times. i don't know that this album is appropriate for kids, but nowadays not much is. MIA's association with the Tamil Tigers (her father is/was a member) seems to be a basis for much of her writing and there is a fair amount of violence. MTV refused to play the "sunshowers" video because of her reference to the PLO. and MIA would not edit the track, except to remove an F-bomb or two. good for her!!! no compromise! so the album is full of gritty beats, danceable and interesting. Diplo mixed and if you are a fan, i recommend getting your hands on the ultra-rare "piracy funds terrorism" - (re)mixes mostly by Diplo of Arular songs and a TON of extras. "pop" and "ladykiller" are worth it alone. but back to Arular - if you're into strong ladies, socially conscious lyrics and funky beats, check it out. my fave songs include "sunshowers" "fire fire" and "amazon."
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivated by Arular August 16, 2006
By DixPix
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
My 10 year old daughter and my 61 year old butt can't get enough of Arular. Masterfully edited - as tight and rich as the Beatles at their peak. The dad loves the mechanical electronic aspects. The girl has to sing along with the singsong poetry and just dance to it.

Maya's voice is awesome. My brother's reaction was that he doesn't like foreigh sounding funny voices in his music, so this isn't for everyone. But it's not just for open minded college students. This is the real thing. This is a most favored treat in our huge and eclectic music collection.

As with other reviewers, we, too, are put off by the violent images, but for us it has the authentic feel of a window into the revolutionary third world.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I like it, but it's not for everyone... July 19, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Ok, this album is one of those things where you either love it or you hate it... There's not a lot of room in between, and even though I really like the quirky lyrics and catchy beats, I'll be the first one to announce that this album is destined to be despised by many.

Lyrically, (after you listen enough to really interpret them) this album is political. However, she covers up some of her darker messages with up-beat sounds and effects. As I told my friends, if you're a fan of G.W., you're gonna hate these songs... (Especially the hidden track, "M.I.A.").

Vocally, the only artist I can compare her voice to is Bjork. Their styles of music are completely different. But they way they sing are similar because both of them have very very strong accents, which also will put off some listeners.

Finally the general sound to the songs is... different. I think this is what will raise the most eyebrows, because most people aren't used to listening to this type of music. She put most of it together with one of those beat-machines, so it has a electronica/drum'n'bass feel to it.

I don't think many people are ready for M.I.A. She's too different, and that scares a lot of people. However, if you like listening to a little bit of everything, like to have a diverse collection of music, and like to have something truly "unique," then I suggest downloading one or two songs from iTunes or something to see what you think first.

But if you truly hate dance music, don't even bother with this album.

And don't hate her just because you don't get it, hate her after you figure her out... because it's unfair to judge us and her from sample clips that don't even give this album any justice.

Recommended songs: "Bucky Done Gun", "10 Dollar", "Galang", and the hidden track "M.I.A."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
mia love it
Published 14 days ago by Tiffany N. Atkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great CD at bargain price.
Published 3 months ago by Geoffrey Reid
5.0 out of 5 stars sensation
I had heard of m.i.a. but I didn't listen to too many of her songs but after this cd I have bought more.
Published 8 months ago by tiffany bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars Aru
The item was exactly as described by seller. It came in excellent condition. I love Arular so much I later purchased it on vinyl. If you haven't heard this cd you are missing out.
Published 11 months ago by Damon Cain
5.0 out of 5 stars OH YEA!!
I remember jammin to this when it first came out. MUST HAVE. Just get it and you'll be dancing and screaming along to it ALL THE TIME. LOVE her!
Published 12 months ago by S
5.0 out of 5 stars M.I.A. WHERE U BEEN!!!!
Published 12 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars ALIVE
loved it , i can play it full length great for summer days ! will see her in concert again !
Published 12 months ago by R. Rogers
4.0 out of 5 stars Somewhere in the Amazon...
**This review also appears on my Epinions page.**

I really hate the song-by-song rating, although it does tend to provide me accurate musical representation. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Travis
5.0 out of 5 stars love love love
This is where it started-- I just could not warm up to her major label debut, but this is a party starter. Her take on blending musical styles is genius.
Published 15 months ago by Jake Bright
4.0 out of 5 stars Different but good
M.I.A. is a little strange to say the least, but you can tell that she is completely being herself all the time, and I for one appreciate it, it leads to some real good albums.
Published 15 months ago by Simon
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