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plane
Staff Reviewer
July 14th 2010


6099 Comments


You make me want to like this a lot more than I do, Alex. This is a stellar review. As it stands, it's too long and the best moments are just that: moments. There's really no song I care for.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
July 14th 2010


15743 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

3.5 sounds about right

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
July 14th 2010


15080 Comments


just before this was announced i started getting really annoyed with this chick and now cant stand any of her music (which was my starting position with her---after a while i started liking her stuff and now im back)

havent listened to this

Drazzel
July 14th 2010


1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Loving this right now.

1MicLight
July 14th 2010


80 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"u dum? Negative opinions on something that's subjective are every bit as valid as positive ones."

I never said negative opinions were bad, I just dont understand why shes getting a lot of 1s
Plus I dont even see them
I just want to know why they think her music is annoying to them, thats all
Anyway, Pitchfork rated this a 4.4 LOL

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
July 15th 2010


3780 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Best MIA review:

http://fourfour.typepad.com/fourfour/2010/07/a-collage-for-a-collage.html

Zizzer
July 15th 2010


915 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I've found that Pitchfork's favorable reviews are good, but their negative ones are bad. They just stretch to find everything they can to make an album bad and exaggerate small details. I guess it's because they want to spread their reviews evenly across the scale, but their negative reviews usually seem forced.

plane
Staff Reviewer
July 15th 2010


6099 Comments


This is one of those occasions where I feel that a Big Artist makes an Average Album and the math on that usually means It Sucks cause people had Big Expectations

TheArtOfColor
July 15th 2010


15 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

tbh i liked the cd booklet way more than the album,i expected way more from her.

ant4tbc
July 15th 2010


373 Comments


Fantastic fantastic fantastic review!

Det_Nosnip
July 15th 2010


374 Comments


Wow, I'm surprised that so many people like Teqkilla...that's easily my least favorite song on the album. Singing about getting drunk is a little cliche hip-hop, honestly. Next thing she'll be doing an "in da club." The "down the drain" crap is annoying, and I hate that her voice is so buried in the mix because of all of that reverb. The chorus is catchy I guess, but otherwise it's a major meh-fest.

XXXO is a good pop song, although I feel like it's a little too mainstream. The thing that I always liked about MIA was how quirky and unusual yet catchy she was, and I feel like that song could easily have been a Nelly Furtado track (not to say anything negative about Furtado...her last album was pretty sweet, it's just not MIA). Steppin Up has grown on me a bit, but it's still not fantastic. Love a lot is great (I especially love the way she toys with people who think she's some sort of terrorist with the "Love a lot/love allah" wordplay), and "It Takes a Muscle" is surprisingly refreshing. "Born Free" is a lot of fun. idk it's an ok album, but it doesn't hold a candle to Kala or Arular IMO.

GNGBNG
July 15th 2010


66 Comments


tldr

GNGBNG
July 15th 2010


66 Comments


nice soundoff

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
July 15th 2010


3780 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's interesting Det, because the criticism of this wavers in between 'too pop' and 'too abrasive' or 'not sure whats going on!'. I like it so much because I think she nailed that balance between pop and caustic just right.

GNGBNG
July 15th 2010


66 Comments


is she still really good at singing out of key

Bitchfork
July 15th 2010


7584 Comments


My criticism is that it's boring and pointless.

fromtheinside
July 15th 2010


19142 Comments


there's hardly singing on this album. i mean everything is so butchered (in a good way).
still as much i was refused to admit it before i really think xxxo is the best thing here.

Digging: Bolt Thrower - ...For Victory

Awesomesauce
July 16th 2010


1084 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I wouldn't say it's pointless Bitchfork. I'm leaning more towards phoney. Although I should only judge this album on its musical merrits (of which there are very few), I can't shake the feeling that MIA is full of shit.

Bitchfork
July 16th 2010


7584 Comments


It literally goes nowhere. Stagnant the whole way through, and it's not interesting on its own to do that. When she's Merzbow, she can release a 40 min. album of the same stuff.

GNGBNG
July 16th 2010


66 Comments


where is it supposed to go



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