M.I.A. - AIM
Critic Score
Based on 31 reviews
2016 Ratings: #672 / 763
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Based on 267 ratings
2016 Ratings: #628
September 9, 2016 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
Pretty Much Amazing

You’ve got a few pieces of trash, a couple of sketches whose mileage varies on how well you dig their hooks, and plenty of fantastic stuff that ranks with M.I.A.’s best work.

83
Entertainment Weekly

AIM may not be the Next Great M.I.A. album, but it delivers a solid collection of distinctive, crowd-friendly bangers that sound like no one else.

80
NME

M.I.A., AKA Mathangi Arulpragasam, has said that although she’ll probably continue to “put music out”, she thinks ‘AIM’ could be her last album. So it’s slightly surprising to find that it contains some of her most relaxed and reflective work.

75
The Line of Best Fit

If this it to be M.I.A.’s final release, it’s a fittingly confrontational, vibrant and invigorating piece of work.

70
Exclaim!

A.I.M. may not be concise, but it's focused and purposeful, a loose collection characterized by sticky-hot swagger, political awareness and, most importantly, urgency.

70
musicOMH

For all its merits AIM is a muddled record, and her divisiveness is sometimes counterproductive.

70
AllMusic

Even if AIM is more scattered than her finest work, at its best it plays like a scrapbook that pieces together over a decade's worth of sounds and issues.

67
Consequence of Sound

The softer, less abrasive style in which she’s chosen to address these topics makes AIM an enjoyable listen from start to finish, but the album lacks the bold blows that have become M.I.A.’s trademark.

60
The Guardian

These are global-facing pop songs that somehow have no place: too slow for a club, too confrontational for the bedroom, too skatty for the radio.

60
DIY

A contrary, hard to grapple with statement on superficial, RT-if-you-support-this-cause politics, M.I.A’s album is one that stands composed with a fixed grin, while internally raging.

60
Slant Magazine

From an artist whose past work has stoked controversy and even caused her to receive death threats, AIM finds M.I.A. content to simply make an album, not craft a definitive statement to punctuate her career.

60
Rolling Stone

M.I.A.'s skill as a buoyant beat-rider remains intact, and there are moments on AIM where the political and personal blur evocatively.

60
Clash

Sadly, the LP suffers at times from the same issue that marred her previous works 'Matangi' and 'MAYA' – the content too often fails to mirror the breadth of her vision and the scope of the grandiose subjects she tackles.

60
NOW Magazine

After rebelling against pop structure on 2010's MAYA and to a lesser extent 2013's Matangi, M.I.A. has released her most classically pop album since her commercial crossover, Kala, nearly a decade ago.

60
No Ripcord

Despite the wealth of glowing beats and rhymes, AIM would have benefitted from some unpredictability.

60
Under The Radar

The idea of taking any one of M.I.A.'s albums and trimming its excess to 12 of the most colorfully resonant offerings is tantalizing to imagine. The same goes for this one.

59
Pitchfork
At this point her music is more potent in theory than execution.
55
Paste

AIM, her fifth album, has all the sights, sounds and sentiments of her previous work, but it’s weighed down by an overwhelming sense of tedium. M.I.A. used to sound busy because she was brimming with ideas, but here she’s busy trying to find an idea to cling to.

50
Loud and Quiet

MIA’s powers of provocation may have waned with her most recent releases, but it feels unjust that an artist once so potent might go out with a whimper like this, rather than a bang.

43
A.V. Club

AIM sounds like a field recording made in the middle of a bustling Sri Lankan market: colorful, flavorful, and most of all, noisy.

40
PopMatters
The result, predictably, is a meager collection of would-be low-charting singles that never approaches anything like a unified farewell. What this suggests is that M.I.A. is just tired, or that music simply isn’t as fulfilling for her as it once was.
40
Drowned in Sound

As was the case with both Maya and Matangi, there are only fleeting glimpses of brilliance on a long-player littered with ideas that never seemed to get past the kernel stage.

snarekickblues
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54
Borders and Freedun are the only tracks I can listen to multiple times. The rest of the LP is so bland it's painful.
I honestly believe that Interscope got the best of her this time, as I know that this album was pushed back many, many times. M.I.A. has made some of the most innovative and culturally relevant electronic music of the 2000's, so I doubt she was about to drop something as passable as AIM. I could be wrong, but I'm willing to bet that there were some forced changes made by the ... read more
pstaggs
85
It seems that I am in the minority, but, as a longtime M.I.A. fan, this is my favorite album of her's since KALA. This is one of those peculiar albums that I understand all of the criticisms about it, but I enjoy it partially in spite of those reasons and partially BECAUSE of those reasons.

One of the many criticisms of this album is that the production is simultaneously too conventional and too packed full of parts. I agree that the production is fairly conventional compared to her other ... read more
EMR
43
After a delightful career that spinned through the course of over ten years, singer/songwriter M.I.A. announces the end of her streak with the unimpressive AIM, a work that displays little to no identity, where most of her previous efforts boasted with creativity and self-consciousness. The fact that she is leaving the spotlights with such a disjointed, confusing work is really strange and quite confusing itself. Her previous release, Matangi, was a major proof of the artist's off-kilter ... read more
ScHooly
76
More mainstream and less experimental than previous albums but remains good.

Best track :
> Borders
> Bird Song
> Foreign Friend
> Platforms
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Track List

  1. Borders
  2. Go Off
  3. Bird Song
  4. Jump In
  5. Freedun (feat. ZAYN)
  6. Foreign Friend (feat. Dexta Daps)
  7. Finally
  8. A.M.P (All My People)
  9. Ali r u ok?
  10. Visa
  11. Fly Pirate
  12. Survivor
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