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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.
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.
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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