Arular

M.I.A. - Arular
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2005 Ratings: #8 / 367
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Based on 230 ratings
2005 Ratings: #26
March 22, 2005 / Release Date
LP / Format
Beggars Banquet / XL / Label
Electropop, Hip Hop / Genres
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tha138
72
Can you hear the cries of war coming from the heart of the urban jungle, spreading the revolution with raw, electronic beats...
...and for those who don't bite her militant exaggeration, enjoy the tribal-funk.
musicmagpie55
90
While this album doesn't bang as hard as Kala, M.I.A.'s debut is crunchy and impressive. This album feels 'global,' which is a term I don't love when applied to music because it is overused and doesn't say much. Where some albums feel timeless but rooted in a location, Arular is an object of the 2000s that feels aware of the growing connectivity of world cultures and has no single origin or cultural influence. The effect is phenomenal, with each song feeling unique and exciting. The whole ... read more
carsonnnelsonnn
87
1. Banana Skit = NA
2. Pull Up the People = 100
3. Bucky Done Gun = 100
4. Sunshowers = 100
5. Fire, Fire = 100
6. Dash the Curry Skit = NA
7. Amazon = 60
8. Bingo = 80
9. Hombre = 60
10. One for the Head Skit = NA
11. 10 Dollar = 100
12. U.R.A.Q.T. = 100
13. Galang = 100
14. M.I.A. = 60
InModeration
77
Arular is a really solid from M.I.A. that features really unique and dance-able beats as well some political undertones.

Lyrics & Themes: 8/10
Performance: 6/10
Arrangement: 8/10
Sonic Palette: 8/10
91
Music has never felt as new and exciting as M.I.A's 2005 debut. From the fleeting trumpets of Bucky Done Gun to the squelching electronics of Galang, this is the sound of a pop star that the world didn't know it needed.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#2/SPIN
#4/Pitchfork
#6/No Ripcord
#11/Rolling Stone
#25/NME

Track List

  1. Ba-na-na Skit
  2. Pull Up The People
  3. Bucky Done Gun 
  4. Sunshowers 
  5. Fire, Fire
  6. Dash The Curry Skit 
  7. Amazon
  8. Bingo
  9. Hombre 
  10. One For The Head Skit
  11. 10 Dollar 
  12. Uraqt 
  13. Galang 
  14. MIA

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