M.I.A. Maya
3.2 Release Date: 2010
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2.0 poorErgoNomNoms | July 9th 10

A heavily sedated version of the once-fierce rapper, who feels lost without the help of a decent production team.

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5.0 classicBen | July 20th 10

I didn't "love" Arular; I adored Kala, but I'm obsessed with Maya. In my opinion, this is M.I.A. in her most potent form - stripped of the multicultural influences that "softened" the music of her two previous albums. In Maya, M.I.A. is raw and powerful; her exotic charm and airy beats seen in Kala are replaced by a grungier, more dystopic, seemingly more condensed tone in Maya, where the air is filled with the sounds of ear-splitting drills and conspiracy theories run wild. Anyone expecting another LP of ethnic beat potpourri are going to get, well, culture shock, more or less. Although her style is essentially still the same, this drastic excision of her multicultural undertones seems to be a deliberate attempt to both scare off mainstream "Paper Plane"-ers and to say "Hey, I don't need beats from India or influence from the Caribbean - my music is MY music." However, it may have worked too well, as I have personally seen this album scare off quite a few ardent fans from the Arular days.
All in all, this is a great album, if not one of the best albums of the year. It's harder, rougher, and more condensed than Arular or Kala. Maybe that's why she named it after herself - it's something like an autobiography or self portrait.


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2.0 poorviewerslikeyou | July 21st 10

This album is the definition of trying too hard. Hipster gold, baby.

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0.0 TonyCocaCola | July 18th 10

MIA can do better. Sure her new album is abrasive and smart, but not much else. I have to agree with TIME magazine when they said that MIA was so much better and original when she was a globe-trotting pop mistress that "made bomb-throwing sound fun".

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2.0 poorYoung Buck | July 14th 10

Maya is M.I.A.'s first major flop. I don't know if it's the beyond giberish lyrics (this time it's not a good thing), her lazy auto tuned vocals (your not lil wayne aight), or the failed production on the album which sounds like terribly spliced loops of robots dieing, but this album fell face first from the high expectations I had. Maybe if she focused more on her music rather than getting back at a hating New York times writer by posting her phone number on Twitter this album wouldn't have been this bad... Who knows

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0.0 Sam Feldman's Rating | July 13th 10

I'm usually not a fan of music that sounds like it's being fed through a futuristic machine, but I'll let M.I.A.'s latest effort pass; a cacophonic summer freak out jam session. Let's party.

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4.0 excellentLoveHugsNHipHopSoul | July 3rd 10

imo, it's a fantastically produced and written album. I just got into M.I.A. a little while back, but not the way that most others did I guess which would be through Paper Planes. I've listened to all of her official albums so far and this takes the cake for me, trumping "Kala" *and* "Arular" in my opinion. Lots of artists are trying to say that there really isn't anything to talk about other than happiness, but M.I.A.'s new album along with the new Nas and Damian Marley album have proved them wrong. I don't mean to be a pessimist, but bring real world issues to our attention is very important to me, especially ones that are outside of America (I live here), and even though I read books and newspapers, I love to hear it through the voice of the people. M.I.A. did exactly what she said she wanted to do, and she did it right, because I've learned and it all managed to make me dance as well. I'm slowly becoming a big fan of this woman.

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4.0 excellentAlexander | July 21st 10

It'll take a few listens and some open-mindness to take on the clusterf*ck known as MAYA by M.I.A. And if you do you'll be engulfed in her "digital ruckus" for forty-two minutes and you will love (or almost love) every minute of it.

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0.0 Taylor | July 14th 10

ALL I WANNA DO IS *SHOT*SHOT*SHOT*SHOT* AND UH TAKE YOUR MON-EY

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4.5 superbSTOP SHOUTING! | July 10th 10

M.I.A. ditches the multi-culturalism to go all electronic and industrial on us, reflecting the electronic internet age we live in. She's still super good.

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1.5 very poorTheAlmightyBungler | July 9th 10

Everything that Major Lazer and M.I.A's previous works got right with their whole pop/hip-
hop infused dancehall/club/electrowhatever, M.I.A. got wrong with MAYA. The beats are
annoying, and M.I.A's once authentic and distinguishable rap has been reduced to a flowless
annunciated talk, droning on about lyrics that are complete rubbish. This is not the girl we
know and love from Arular.

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