M.I.A. - Arular
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2005 Ratings: #6 / 464
User Score
Based on 621 ratings
2005 Ratings: #19
Liked by 31 people
March 22, 2005 / Release Date
LP / Format
Beggars Banquet / XL / Label
www.miauk.com / Website
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I don't think it's her best, but it sometimes gives a fresh shock and has interesting sounds

Highlights : 10 Dollar, Bucky Done Gun, Uraqt
8.5 - Amazing

I’ll start this like the Kala review.

This shit BANGS. Why didn’t I listen to this sooner?

My friend has been obsessed with this album over the past few months. He wanted to check out most of Fantano’s albums he featured on Classic Week, and this is the one he fell in love with the most. He’d talk about it a lot, with his discord profile picture becoming MIA as well. A month ago, I tried Kala, an album that really introduced me to the artist, and it was ... read more
Summer Listening Series: #18
I was intrigued by the album cover to listen to this album. I really like it and I think it’s kinda a perfect representation of the album. A bit of everything, everywhere but it just works. Each track has got a mix of layers percussion and electronic instruments, and no matter what she does with them it just seems to work perfectly. My only issue with this album is I found some of the hooks a bit annoying after a while.
Favourite track: Amazon
M.I.A.’s debut Arular is a politically charged record filled with wild electropop tracks that criticize war and its bloodshed as Maya was the daughter of a revolutionary who fought on the forefront of a freedom act enabling Maya to see a world of brutality and violence that she could only articulate through music. Mathangi Arulpragasam went under the stage name M.I.A. of which stands for Missing In Action referring to her late cousin whom she dearly loved that was M.I.A. during his ... read more
such a unique and ahead of its time sound. I litsened to this album for the first time earlier this year and it didnt really click for me. Seeing fantano reviewing the album reminded me of its existence and i decided to litsen to it again and it was really worth it.
Best songs: 10 dollars, pull up the people
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