M.I.A. - /\/\/\Y/\
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Based on 35 reviews
2010 Ratings: #467 / 900
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Based on 449 ratings
2010 Ratings: #84
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Made during pregnancy and early motherhood, /\/\ /\ Y /\ - as odd as it is to say - is, occasionally, hormonally imbalanced. There's a real sense of vulnerability and affection, amid the racket.

Drowned in Sound

“I got something to say” she hollers in ‘Born Free’. As long as her music remains as bold, inventive and occasionally thrilling as it is here, long may that continue.

Under The Radar

M.I.A. stays true to her genre-hopping ways, changing styles drastically between songs ... Listening to /\/\ /\ Y /\, we travel around the world and back, crossing time periods, cultures, and lifestyles.


Clever-clever wordplay, assaultive sound effects, and ear-fatiguing beats are amplified at the expense of singalong hooks and swinging, energizing rhythms.


That /\/\/\Y/\ lacks the focus and confidence of M.I.A.‘s previous albums is disappointing; that it finds Maya content to follow, rather than lead, is indefensible.

The Needle Drop

/\/\ /\ Y /\ causes as much racket as its predecessors, but the shroud of noise doesn't cover the plain song structures.


There are moments of interesting noise, but in the absence of appealing grooves or memorable hooks, it barely matters.

This album is still EXTREMELY ahead of its time 10 years after it’s release. This is a hypnotic experience like nothing else.
If she was a man, the critics wouldn't be that negative, that album sounds like what death grips and kanye's yeezus did, but well i really don't know why her work wasn't praised like the other ones who followed that same sound 'cause it's really looks like sexism is around here.
i knew 16 year old me was right for defending the crap out of this album!!! Thanks ant knee for validating my opinion seven years later!
Nunca estive tão surpreso com um álbum como este, julguei demasiado cedo ao ver que a pontuação da crítica não era tão grande como em "Kala" e "Arular" pois este álbum na minha opinião consegue superar esses dois, é um bocado chocante para mim ver críticas especializadas como a Pitchfork a darem 4.4 para este trabalho quando não difere muito dos anteriores em termos de identidade ... read more
MAYA is a crunchy, genreless mess and possibly my favorite M.I.A. project. Where other M.I.A. records feel global, MAYA is focused on a single place: the internet. Through her typically playful lyrics, aggressively dense production, and a new ear for industrial noise, M.I.A. presents a compelling and valuable depiction of the relationship between the internet and the self, one that is augmented by new technology, but reliant on human emotion. The result is a spectacular blast of industrial ... read more
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