Site not look beautiful? Click here

Music

[Electro]

M.I.A.

Image
Annie Zaleski

The Details

M.I.A.
/\/\ /\ Y /\
Two anda half stars
Beyond the Weekly
M.I.A.

Despite the controversy surrounding her politics and personal life, you can’t accuse M.I.A. of pandering to the mainstream with her music. /\/\ /\ Y /\ (aka Maya) is an uncommercial, cluttered amalgamation of genres. Dank reggae, abrasive electro and grimy new wave—topped by M.I.A.’s disaffected monotone delivery—dominate the album. Unfortunately, /\/\ /\ Y /\ isn’t quite as interesting as its bustling music would have you believe. Dragging tempos turn monotonous, and irritating—and seemingly gratuitous—production effects add unpleasant harshness. Even the metallic drone of the Suicide-sampling “Born Free” starts to grate. The abrasive tendencies feel meaningful only on the seedy synth-pop gem “XXXO,” and when a machine-shop clanking marches through “Steppin Up.”

Share

Commenting Policy

Previous Discussion:

  • Playing their most successful album in full, the headliners put forth one of the best sets I've seen this year.

  • The Philharmonic is reaching out to untapped ears: “I want to break down all of these walls. I want them to feel they can go ...

  • The "experimental hivemind" started releasing cassette tapes—yes, cassette tapes—in December.

  • Get More Music Stories
Top of Story
Real Time Analytics