Matangi [LP]

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Names are important to Maya Arulpragasam. She named her first two albums after her father and mother, ///Y/ after herself, and Matangi after an emerald-green Tantric goddess as well as a riff on her birth name, Mathangi. Picking up where /\/\/\Y/\'s challenging electronics and distrust of the information age left off, M.I.A.'s fourth album is top-loaded with some of its most aggressive tracks, including the title track's global litany. She makes listeners wait for her still-formidable skills with hooks and melodies, displaying them most stunningly on "Bad Girls," a sinewy, menacing track whose origins date back to 2007 sessions with Danja. Throughout the album, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Names are important to Maya Arulpragasam. She named her first two albums after her father and mother, ///Y/ after herself, and Matangi after an emerald-green Tantric goddess as well as a riff on her birth name, Mathangi. Picking up where /\/\/\Y/\'s challenging electronics and distrust of the information age left off, M.I.A.'s fourth album is top-loaded with some of its most aggressive tracks, including the title track's global litany. She makes listeners wait for her still-formidable skills with hooks and melodies, displaying them most stunningly on "Bad Girls," a sinewy, menacing track whose origins date back to 2007 sessions with Danja. Throughout the album, Arulpragasam proves she's as adept as ever at blending different sounds and cultures into a mix that is unmistakably hers, alluding to Shampoo's bratty Brit-pop single "Trouble" at one moment and proclaiming herself the female Slick Rick at another. Indeed, the songs inspired by rap and R&B are among the highlights, such as her karmic questioning of Drake's ubiquitous motto on "Y.A.L.A." or the sultry, surprisingly straightforward ballad "Know It Ain't Right." "Exodus," a collaboration with the Weeknd, finds a mostly successful middle ground between her outbursts and his chilly R&B dirges. Other standouts include the fizzy, hypnotic "Lights" and "Boom Skit," which harks back to Arular's brazen exuberance. [Matangi was also released on LP.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/25/2013
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • UPC: 602537603220
  • Catalog Number: 001932501
  • Sales rank: 21,850

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Karmageddon (1:33)
  2. 2 Matangi (5:12)
  3. 3 Only 1 U (3:12)
  4. 4 Warriors (3:41)
  5. 5 Come Walk With Me (4:45)
  6. 6 Atention (3:40)
  7. 7 Exodus (5:08)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Boom Skit (1:15)
  2. 2 Double Bubble Trouble (3:02)
  3. 3 Y.A.L.A. (4:24)
  4. 4 Bring the Noize (4:35)
  5. 5 Lights (4:35)
  6. 6 Know It Ain't Right (3:41)
  7. 7 Sexodus (4:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
M.I.A. Primary Artist
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