/\/\/\Y/\

M.I.A. - /\/\/\Y/\
Critic Score
Based on 33 reviews
2010 Ratings: #455 / 861
User Score
Based on 246 ratings
2010 Ratings: #123
July 7, 2010 / Release Date
LP / Format
N.E.E.T., XL, Interscope / Label
Electropop, Hip Hop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
musicOMH

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.

80
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.

80
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.

60
AllMusic

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

50
PopMatters

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.

50
The Needle Drop

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

44
Pitchfork

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

BradTasteMusic
69
Turns out this aged really freaking well
plowo
87
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.
musicmagpie55
88
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
Space Vacation
79
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hellodecatur
87
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!
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Track List

  1. The Message 
  2. Steppin Up 
  3. XXXO 
  4. Teqkilla 
  5. Lovalot 
  6. Story To be Told 
  7. It Takes a Muscle 
  8. It Iz What it Iz 
  9. Born Free 
  10. Meds and Feds 
  11. Tell Me Why 
  12. Space
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