Arular [Bonus Track] [Explicit Lyrics]

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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
Tough-talking rhymes about revolution, freedom fighters, and sex; rude-boy patois straight outta South London; and garbage-can grimy beats all come wrapped up in the colorful, comely package of M.I.A. -- also known as Maya Arulpragasam. A 29-year-old Londoner of Sri Lankan extraction (her father was a Tamil Tiger separatist), M.I.A. made waves in 2004 with "Galang," a single that folded in elements of dancehall, "grime" techno, South Asian percussion, and '80s-style pop ? la Malcolm McLaren's "Buffalo Gals" with her hyperactive, multivoiced chants and rhymes. It was so inescapable in the U.K. that the backlash had begun there before her debut was released in the ...
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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
Tough-talking rhymes about revolution, freedom fighters, and sex; rude-boy patois straight outta South London; and garbage-can grimy beats all come wrapped up in the colorful, comely package of M.I.A. -- also known as Maya Arulpragasam. A 29-year-old Londoner of Sri Lankan extraction (her father was a Tamil Tiger separatist), M.I.A. made waves in 2004 with "Galang," a single that folded in elements of dancehall, "grime" techno, South Asian percussion, and '80s-style pop à la Malcolm McLaren's "Buffalo Gals" with her hyperactive, multivoiced chants and rhymes. It was so inescapable in the U.K. that the backlash had begun there before her debut was released in the States. Arular expands on the promise of the 12-inch with twitchy, distorted beats and socially conscious observations ranging from the wry (the immigrant blues of "Banana Skit") to the weird (the Patty Hearst–like abduction tale "Amazon"). Arulpragasam takes most of her political cues from Chomskyites such as Asian Dub Foundation -- come to think of it, she takes their South Asian-by-way-of-Jamaica toasting style, too -- which can ring harsh to American ears ("like PLO we don't surrend-o," she promises in "Sunshowers"). Likewise, M.I.A.'s rude-girl stance is a pose that might be too strident for a country in which Pink and Cristina Aguilera are "rebels." But the vivacious, girly vocals flirting around the clanging, clamorous beats make Arular intriguing and ultimately addictive.
All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
A cursory listen to Arular makes one wonder how it could generate so much heated, in-depth talk, as it did well before its official release. This is very direct and physical party music, with lots of slang-filled phrasings that might not have any more meaning than "The roof is on fire!" or "Dizzouble dizzutch!" to Americans. It's music that is conducive to dancing or doing other carefree things in the sunshine, rather than what you should hear most often through feeble computer speakers in dimly lit rooms. So why bother discussing it at all? Well, below the surface is a lot more than anyone's basic idea of a good time. The blend of styles -- a dense, often chaotic collage of garage from the U.K., dancehall from Jamaica, crunk from the Dirty South, electro and hardcore rap from New York, and glints of a few others -- is unique enough to baffle anyone who dares categorize it. Beats crack concrete in whomping blasts and scramble senses in exotic patterns; flurries of percussive noise, synthetic handclaps, and synth jabs add chaos; exuberant vocals are delivered in a manner that will be frequently unintelligible to a lot of ears. More importantly, once all the layers of rhythm and accents are peeled away, you'll hear that Maya Arulpragasam -- the London-based woman of Sri Lankan origin who, along with a host of fellow producers, is behind the album -- has a lot more on her mind and in her past than fun, even when she's only alluding to the violence and strife her people have endured. The images that adorn the cover of the album aren't present merely for the sake of design, either; the tanks aren't a nod to the No Limit label. (Enter 10,000-word history of pre-tsunami Sri Lanka here.) The one key definite about Arular is that it's the best kind of pop album imaginable. It can be enjoyed on a purely physical level, and it also carries the potential to adjust your world view. [When Interscope released the album stateside, two months after it was released in the U.K., the label added a bonus track, "U.R.A.Q.T." It's a brief but fun song built upon samples from the old TV show Sanford & Son. It only adds to an already amazing album.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/17/2005
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • UPC: 602498826515
  • Catalog Number: 000484402
  • Sales rank: 37,206

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Banana Skit (0:36)
  2. 2 Pull Up the People (3:45)
  3. 3 Bucky Done Gun (3:47)
  4. 4 Sunshowers (3:15)
  5. 5 Fire Fire (3:28)
  6. 6 Dash the Curry Skit (0:40)
  7. 7 Amazon (4:16)
  8. 8 Bingo (3:12)
  9. 9 Hombre (4:02)
  10. 10 One for the Head Skit (0:29)
  11. 11 10 Dollar (4:01)
  12. 12 U.R.A.Q.T. (2:55)
  13. 13 Galang (7:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
M.I.A. Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Quincy Jones Composer
August Darnell Composer
Pete Hofmann Engineer
Justine Frischmann Composer
Richard X Audio Production
Ross Orton Composer
Anthony Whiting Composer, Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Maya's style deserves alot of attention!

    Her first track really got my attention around August 2005. I first seen her video "Galang" on the "Yahoo Launch". M.I.A.'s first record is great! It is such an interesting style of dance music and the politics intertwined in it make it intellectual too! Mainly though, this music will have you dancing and repeating the smart and catchy lyrics. M.I.A. has no qualms about mentioning bombs, guns, terrorists and racism in her songs. Straddling the great musical divide, M.I.A. sticks her tongue out at the mainstream and moons the underground with a sound that both betrays and praises the music of her peers. She borrows from hip-hop, dancehall, reggaeton, electro-clash, drum 'n' bass and world music yet creates a sum different from the parts using little more than a drum machine and her own lyrical might. Her debut album, Arular (XL/Beggar's Banquet), is a Masala of planet-rock beats and batucada cut ups set off by a delivery so cadent, it's the percussive force behind the album. M.I.A.'s most successful when she's letting loose over a dancehall rhythm, her cockney-Jamaican accent punctuating each low-end blast with proclamations of her prowess on the mike. Such is the nature of her MCing, which can be heard to blistering effect on the single "Fire Fire," on which she dismisses her peers, asserting, "Competition coming' up now/ Load up and fire, fire bo!" This is to say there's no match for M.I.A. Even comparable British MCs like Ms. Dynamite, The Streets and Dizzy Raskal fall short if only because they lack the sexual je ne se quoi that M.I.A. shamelessly exudes. Moreover, where her countrymen exist solely within the British two-step tradition, M.I.A. is a welcome every woman coming off like a basement (Jamaican party) queen rocking a favela (Brazilian ghetto) bass line. All the while, hers is a patois that can only be heard on the streets of London, yet for all the musical globetrotting, M.I.A. has found a space that's all her own. My favorite tracks are "Pull Up The People", "Bucky Done Gun", "Fire Fire", "SunShower", Hombre, "URAQT," and "Galang". I do agree with the some of the reviewers when they stated that it's only recommended to those who like different and less commercial approaches to music. This album might be a bit to raw for you due to it's political/sexual nature, especially If you don't understand this recording. It is important to appreciate it's significance and to appreciate how innovative it is. If you're not going to buy it, at least give it a listen... Maya's style deserves attention!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    OMFG!!!!!!!I LUUUVVV THISSSS!!!!

    When I first heard it, i didn't really know what to make of it, just because it was so...new. Fresh. This is the kind of thing where I can really say that I have never ever heard anything anywhere near this. I like the whole techno mixed with reggae n south asian components. It's damn hot. And the lyrics are like competely 'in your face' n i luv it. this girl really just says things as they are.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Instant Classic

    This album entered my Cd player, and for a whole month, never left. I listened to nothing but M.I.A. for a straight Month. That's how good this album is. This album is an aquired taste, but aperently, the taste is very easy to aquire, because everyone I play this CD for loves it. Maybe not as much as I do, but still, they love it. When I say every moment on this CD is brilliant, i mean it. Even the three skits are awesome. on a scale from 1-10, not one song on this album would get less than a 9, not even the skits or the bonus track. I've tried to somehow define M.I.A. musically. Bu it's hard, she's like Prince, she doesn't have a genre, she's basically just to good to fit in to a genre. The closest I can come to is Electro Beats, with a Raggae voice, Rap lyrics and a Punk attitude. Arular probably won't be up for any Grammys (which is a crying shame), but this Album really is the album of the year. and I can assure you, M.I.A. is going to be a name heard a lot in the coming months and years. She has potential to be the greatest of all time! 5 STARS!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ArULas ReigN..........

    this girl can take you there, be it a solo trip at home, getting your hair done, playing bingo with the girls or stimulating guests as the party proceeds to great heights. Highly recommended for girls who like licorice and enjoy dancing hard!!!! i luv M.I.A.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Luvs it!!!

    I have about 300 cds and this definetely in the top 5...her beats are insane and her lyrics are brilliant. Her live shows are awesome too....I totally recommend this cd!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best Album of the Past Two Years

    When I read reviews for Arular, I was definitely expecting a lot out of this Sri-Lankan Groovebox master. I was not let down, to say the least. For the past three months, this album has been playing non-stop in my room, and I continue to like it more and more. Some songs are instantly likeable, such as 'Galang', 'Sunshowers', and 'Amazon', while a very few may take a while to grow accustomed to. I will admit that this album may take time to fully understand, but after doing a tiny bit of research on her life, M.I.A's songs contain a whole other meaning. In fact, that's my favorite part of this album: you can enjoy it on two levels. You can either zone out and take advantage of its cool rhythms or actually listen and get something deeper out of it. And trust me, there's plenty of hidden meanings and double entendres for you to find. Trust me when I say you'll enjoy this album for a long, long time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Priceless

    'Arular' is one of my favourite albums EVER! It's a brilliant mix of electronica, hip-hop, and traditional world music. M.I.A. is a true talent - she produces clever lyrics with exciting beats that always make me want to dance! What's more, she often spices things up with her native Sri-Lankan accents. And this album isn't just for the nightclubs...it has a political voice as well. A great, well-rounded album. Definitely a must-have for any collection, regardless of regular musical tastes!

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