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For someone who is so risk taking, the dull inoffensive mediocrity of this album is the most disappointing thing she could possibly do, like I would take an over ambitious flop over this any day. What HAPPENED???

laraaji p. henson (Stevie D(eux)), Friday, 9 September 2016 21:22 (two years ago) link

It's a weird record. Half way through the album she just seems to give up. There's some decent stuff here but it all sounds so unfinished. If this is her last album, it's a weak way to go out.

Kitchen Person, Friday, 9 September 2016 21:32 (two years ago) link

It all sounds like half-assed demos of someone else who likes MIA but has never made a record before

laraaji p. henson (Stevie D(eux)), Friday, 9 September 2016 22:17 (two years ago) link

Also, a complete misuse of the angelic and idiosyncratic voice of Dexta Daps. That could have been anyone.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 9 September 2016 22:29 (two years ago) link

politics? what's up with that?

Treeship, Saturday, 10 September 2016 00:18 (two years ago) link

the people's republic of swaggerstan

Treeship, Saturday, 10 September 2016 00:18 (two years ago) link

She has hinted this might be her last album and that she's not that interested in music anymore, that she wants to explore other mediums. So I guess this is how MIA's music career ends, not with a bang but a whimper.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Monday, 12 September 2016 21:35 (two years ago) link

This is a disappointment after Matangi. The opening two tracks -released weeks before- made me excited for this but this just sounds very half-assed; The production is all over the place and some of these lyrics are terrible even by MIA standards. I really hope this isn't her swan song, would hate for her to leave in such a low note.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Monday, 12 September 2016 21:46 (two years ago) link

my god, every interview or tweet or whatever I've read w/ her abt this album (not to mention all of the recycled lyrics/samples/themes) basically amounts to "I gave up"

laraaji p. henson (Stevie D(eux)), Wednesday, 14 September 2016 20:23 (two years ago) link

nine months pass...

glad shes doing meltdown. though her interviews with all the nostalgia for 2004 make me worry a bit. lineup is decent. though i expected more non-western artists. no one from south asia? from the middle east? maybe it was just a programming difficulty. still, fun to have giggs, i wayne, dexta daps, etc at royal festival hall, lol.

StillAdvance, Thursday, 15 June 2017 10:32 (two years ago) link

not 100% sold on dexta daps, though his weeknd+bawdy dancehall combo makes me think he will be fun.

StillAdvance, Thursday, 15 June 2017 10:37 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

Anyone catch the doc

ritual showdown (Ross), Tuesday, 2 October 2018 16:20 (nine months ago) link

Yeah, it's really good! Guy who did it went to St.Martin's with her and she pretty clearly trusts him 100% which means it's very much her side of the story, but it also means she gives him tons of footage of herself growing up in London, hanging out with Justine Frishmann, going back to Sri Lanka in 2001 and trying to get her family to talk about the war (she wanted to be a doc filmmaker before she became a pop star).

The stuff about her flipping the bird at the Super Bowl feels so surreal to watch, that amount of outrage and pearl clutching decades after the Sex Pistols went on Grundy...I'm not usually one for "huh, America sure is WEIRD" type sentiments but I've seldom felt this alienated from that culture.

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 3 October 2018 12:23 (nine months ago) link

sounds so cool, thanks for the response Daniel

montoya (Ross), Wednesday, 3 October 2018 17:18 (nine months ago) link

one month passes...

The first ILM thread I ever read. Anti-nostalgist that I try to be, I won't read it. I love M.I.A. though.

I like queer. You like queer, senator? (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 28 November 2018 02:17 (seven months ago) link

Dude, me too! I found this thread in 07 and then became an on and off lurker until loneliness hit in 2K13 and I embarked on a posting career.

Trϵϵship, Wednesday, 28 November 2018 02:19 (seven months ago) link

Looking forward to seeing the doc. Nice piece and rankings. Some days my rankings would be the exact opposite. She's nice like that.

maffew12, Wednesday, 28 November 2018 02:21 (seven months ago) link

Damn, i agree with the list too. MAYA over Matangi.

Trϵϵship, Wednesday, 28 November 2018 02:22 (seven months ago) link

need the documentary

I like queer. You like queer, senator? (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 28 November 2018 02:23 (seven months ago) link

Arular and Kala are such treasures

Trϵϵship, Wednesday, 28 November 2018 02:25 (seven months ago) link

The doc is interesting. It could use an edit but its a compelling watch.

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 29 November 2018 00:49 (seven months ago) link

i'm still quite proud of the fact that the first thread about her was started by me, getting her name wrong in the process as there was 0
anywhere about her
mya 'gilang'.

piscesx, Thursday, 29 November 2018 03:15 (seven months ago) link

two weeks pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTwH7u0PhOw New old song, "Reload"! um....... wow lol.

Documentary's online now! Gonna watch soon

maffew12, Saturday, 15 December 2018 17:46 (seven months ago) link

one month passes...

Loved the documentary, especially the late 90s London stuff.

piscesx, Saturday, 19 January 2019 04:42 (five months ago) link

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