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StreetlightRock
Emeritus
July 15th 2010


3826 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
Emeritus
July 15th 2010


6109 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


3826 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.

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

AlexTM510
July 16th 2010


1419 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

one of the best reviews i read in a long time.



Album is incredibly messy and I love it. Though quite surprised pitchfork trashed the album.

Electric City
Emeritus
July 16th 2010


15744 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

echoing lewis' earlier sentiment that the review makes me want to like it more than i do



but i just cant. too hard to give a shit about 8 or 9 of these songs

joshuatree
Emeritus
July 16th 2010


3742 Comments


yeah this is just boring =( and don't get how anyone could like "teqkilla". song gives me mad headaches

Bitchfork
July 16th 2010


7584 Comments


joshuatree
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Det_Nosnip
July 16th 2010


374 Comments


Streetlight: well, I think it's because she hits both extremes depending on the track. It's like some tracks are supposed to compensate for others, or she wanted to make a really messy album but pressures forced her to make a few radio-friendly tunes.

GNG she's usually in key when she's singing or at least vocoded in key. The rest of the time she's rapping which isn't strictly tonal. What are you referring to?

joshuatree
Emeritus
July 16th 2010


3742 Comments


bitchfork i will fight you



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