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Arular is MIAs 2005 album, that has hits on such as Galang and Sunshowers.
The whole album is very unique, creative and alternative. Each track makes you feel good and the eclectic style the wole album has to offer is honestly different to anything I have heard before. The 13 song album also has skits included, such as the one for the head skit and dash the curry skit, which are very short but good pieces of artwork in my opinion from the everchanging artist that is M.I.A.
The album cover and jacket/sleeve is in itself a piece of artowkr and I feel this also helps differentiate both the CD an artist from competitors or even copycats. Back to the actual cd now, and I have to say it is definately well worth a listen, nobody what music you are into, this abum will have you dancing or singing along. And to be honest after you have listened to it once you will probably find yourself listening again to some of the more catchy tracks on the album such as 10 Dollar and U.R.A.Q.T.
The whole album has a raw sound and vibe to it that you cant find with a lot of the heavily manufactured stuff that is on the airwaves these days. All in all this is a fab debut album that really helped launch M.I.A.
I grabbed this album from one of my sister's CD racks on a quiet rainy evening when I was house sitting for my parents and was very, very bored! After an hour of this I found myself dancing around the house in a very silly manner, caught up in a host of infectious rhythms.
Self professed world citizen MIA flawlessly blends together a heady mix of dancehall, ragga, pop and dance music (a collection that sounds terrible on paper) in a collection that will have you clicking your fingers in next to no time.
Far from just being party music though, MIA is quick to promote a wide range of political points and takes no shame in taking fire at inequality and sexism - it's refreshing stuff.
'Pull up the People' and 'Bucky Done Gun' are standout tracks and are followed shortly after by 'Sunshowers', a great summer track. The next track that really grabs the attention is 'Amazon', with some great beats, although 'Bingo' is also something of a crowd pleaser. The closer 'Galang' plays with a range of electronic effects and fades out leaving you feeling rather pleased with this CD.
My only complaint with this CD is the occasional skit, which fans of rap and reggae music will no doubt be familiar with. I feel that these would be better tacked on to an existing track than getting track numbers of their own. But still, this is a very minor detraction from a cracking album.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Banana Skit
2 Pull Up The People
3 Bucky Done Gun
5 Fire Fire
6 Dash The Curry
10 One For The Head Skit