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THE EXPERIMENTAL album of 2010! MIA delivers on many levels here in a sonic masterclass of an album,
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Let's face it, over the past two years we have been bombarded with generic pop with the likes of Pussycat Dolls,Lady Gaga,Beyonce,JLS,Cheryl Cole and many X Factor 'goods' being pushed down our mouths at any given interval it is indeed refreshing to have the like of Florence & The Machine,Paloma Faith and The Noisettes provide some of the best of British music last year to stride out the EN MASS USA takeover last year and indeed had some of the best albums last year too, Rihanna came into her own on her recording Rated R last year too which was beyond awesomeness.
2010 has seen somewhat of an elevation from that format and artists have gotten experimental with their sounds, we have thus far had genius albums by Gorillaz and Janelle Monae and fantastic pop recordings that outstand any contemporary view of pop with Christina Aguilera's phenomenal Bionic album(which MIA co-penned Elastic Love GENIUS!)Robyn's Body Talk and Kelis' Fleshtone managing to establish themselves apart which has transformed the unmainstream more underground style modes of production and brought to a far mainstream audience,
MIA is proudly one of the most innovative and experimental artists around and she is not afraid to speak her mind within her lyrics and darker electronic beats.Madonna did for pop(and i am thankful everyday for her The Queen Of Pop/Entertainment!P.E.R.I.O.D) what MIA has done (again extremely thankful) for Hip Hop (Jay-Z and Dizzee eat your hearts out!) by bringing a very old skool vibe and applying different physics and perspectives towards the sounds almost becoming something of a physical being itself.
Maya here is an album that shows something of MIA's first use of Industrial Electronica work that hasn't been heard on her previous recordings (Arular and Kala are well worth checking out also!) which in some ways shows the songs can be undeniably catchy through the hook of the rhythm and beat and also that blend of surrealist work almost like the photography for the album itself!
Maya can also be perceived as something as the most relevant recording for today's society as it does question our loyalties on modern technology without being critical, and it shows a journey within the electrical physics of the modern world which makes Maya not only an extremely authentic pop record but also the most needed this year.
It is confrontational but also extremely passionate which shows that this album isn't for a mass market audience but for those who love fantastic house grooves and experiMENTAl hip hop beats and for something unusual and infectious too.Madonna,The Beatles,The Rolling Stones,Bjork are some heavily HUGE artists who have had (having) their massive successes through their hugely popular recordings and also very personal masterpieces in the history of music. Here i find this is MIA's. It's an album that shows her growth as a musical personality and an artist it uses the strengths of her previous two albums and pushes the sound forward for a new dimension and it is indeed a must hear experience!
This is an album that NEEDS to be heard! 10/10
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Initial post: 18 Jul 2010 16:37:32 BDT
Giannis Drakos says:
Brilliant review! I so agree with you to almost evey iota, apart from one: Aguilera's album wasn't phenomenal, but incoherent crap.
Posted on 18 Jul 2010 16:37:36 BDT
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