- Audio CD (18 April 2005)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: XL
- ASIN: B0002IU0JQ
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,139 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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This should appeal to all sorts of people, from those who appreciate the not-so-subtle socio-sexual-political lyrics to those who'll get off on the Plump DJs-meet-Neptunes-in Toytown bleeps and breaks. I have a horrible feeling MIA's follow-up to 'Arular' will feature lush string sections, sampled breaks and a roster of guest vocalists. I hope I'm wrong. But either way, you shouldn't miss out on this.
Beautiful, random, crazy, colourful, heavy b-lines, tropical, ethnic, western, re-inventing, smooth, new, fresh, cool, hot, spicy, electronic, funky... all words that I can use to describe the album and what Ive gathered of M.I.A her as well.
A must for the adventurous of you and anyone whos looking for something new.
There's not much to be said about the album that hasn't already been said, except for if you still haven't listened to it, you need to do it now.
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