M.I.A. ‘Matangi’ controversial, loud and proud

Eric Casey, Staff Writer

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M.I.A. is coming back with “power, power,” as heard at the end of her new song “Come Walk with Me.” 

M.I.A.’s long awaited fourth album titled “Matangi” was released November 1st and has landed at number 23 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart.  It also debuted at number 1 on the US Dance/Electronic Albums chart.

The new album has a loud sense of urgency.

It wasn’t until 2007’s RIAA Gold certified”Kala” she received a breakout hit.  “Paper Planes,” which now she calls, “an accidental hit”, reached number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100.

It brought new fans into her weird, zany, and politically outspoken life.  Other popular songs from that album such as “Jimmy” and “Boyz” have become regular performances at her concerts.

A recent concert in NYC had a live Skype message on a big screen showing Assange praising M. I. A. and saying, “she’s the world’s finest megaphone for the truth.”

Her new album shows a different direction aside from her usual “electro-rap”.

There is an organic feel to the whole album and features many Middle Eastern and “Asian folk” instruments. They are often mixed in with hypnotic mind twisting digital manipulations to not only the sounds, but also her voice.

Standout songs include the single “Bad Girls” which was released last year to critical approval. The video garnered MTV awards and a 2013 Grammy nomination.

Other standout tracks include her singles “Bring the Noize”, “Come Walk with Me”, and newly released “Y.A.L.A.”…which I believe could be her next big hit.

Human rights activist and Philanthropist M.I.A. is sure to continue on being controversial- remember the middle finger incident at the 2012 Superbowl? She is outright loud and proud.

“Mantangi”

is sure to be right up there in the ranks as one of the best albums of the year when major music publication magazines put their lists out by December.

This new record is fantastic and I give it an A+.

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