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Arular is the sort of record that gets people talking. The debut full-length by Maya Arulpragasam, a refugee of Sri Lankan heritage who settled in London, attended Saint Martin's art school, and designed sleeves for Elastica, it's already set a few dancefloors on fire and stirred up no small amount of controversy in the process. In brief summary: its name is a reference to her father, an active member of the Sri Lankan guerrilla movement Tamil Tigers, a militancy which extends to the album within: "I got the bombs to make you blow", she sings on "Pull Out The People". Still, whatever you make of the ideology, there's no doubting the excellent tunes: self-penned on a basic groovebox and fleshed out with help from producers like Pulp's Steve Mackay and Richard X, the likes of "Bucky Done Gun" and "Galang" dice together all manner of global styles hip-hop, Bhangra, Jamaican dancehall and top it off with unmistakable, multi-cultural London sass. Best of all is "Hombre", a come-hither number that should get the boys trembling at the knees: "Excuse me little hombre/ Take my number, call me/ I can get squeaky so/ You can come and oil me" --Louis PattisonSee all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
I thought this was amazing and totally original.
Its up to you to make your own opinion though
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well i haven't had so much listeningsessions yet , but it's a good album and it's harsh , hard , il like but sometimes it's to hard for me, should give it some more listens... Read morePublished on 25 Oct. 2012 by Stijn
I have loved Bucky Done Gun and Galang so I was interested in this album. I finally recieved it and immediately gave it a listen, and it was brilliant! Read morePublished on 2 Dec. 2011 by DDGH
Despite this being an electronic album it sounds very good on vinyl, preferable to cd.
There's not much to be said about the album that hasn't already been said, except for if... Read more
This is the sound of the 21st century. This is the sound of globalisation (and proof that that needn't necessarily be a dirty word! Read morePublished on 15 Oct. 2007 by AD
Some seem to like the beats on this album but not the vocals, I am the opposite. While I really like her delivery, the beats seem really wet to me. Read morePublished on 6 Feb. 2007 by Captain H
[...]--there's really no reason to attack the woman's accent because you find it too "upper middle class," for example. Read morePublished on 18 Jan. 2007 by anju
I wanted to like this album but it is so difficult. I actually gave the CD to my sister & she is pretty open-minded when it comes to music. Read morePublished on 13 Feb. 2006
sounds like a third world elementary school class on a field trip to a crack factory. if this music is so revolutionary and worldly.Published on 4 Jan. 2006
I bought this a good while back, listened to it a bit, and then wondered whether it would grow on me. Read morePublished on 31 Dec. 2005 by T. J. Stickland