I know it's lame to jump on the hype train late, and I know I'm not telling you anything you don't know, but Arular really is unbelievably tight like that. I can honestly say that it's the only album I can think of that gets progressively better as it plays. The first five tracks are just OK for me, but everything from "Amazon" on is absolute fire. It's also probably the best workout album I've ever heard; it actually made me feel like I could stay on the elliptical joint for more than 15 minutes (this thought turned out to be deceptive). As the hype enters its third or fourth cycle, there's a lot of debate swirling over Maya's constant Tamil Tigers namechecks, people asking if she's just glamorizing terrorism and exploiting Western fascination with the Other. In her Seattle Weekly review, Geeta Dayal described four levels of listening to M.I.A. Well, I'm stuck on level one. These beats and hooks are ridiculous, and that's all I need. If I can get past Cam'ron talking about "put your legs behind your head", I can get past a few vague references to terrorism.
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- Yo, almost half of this Justus Kohncke album I bou...
- I know everyone's severely hating on the new Daft ...
- I'm listening to the new Hold Steady, and it's gre...
- O'Malley's March, the Celtic rock band led by Balt...
- Summer 2000: I was working at the Knitting Factory...
- I really, really hope Kweisi Mfume becomes Marylan...
- 50 and Game have called a truce, complete with a p...
- Yo, the Jennifer Gentle album is just terrible, al...
- I live in the same city as Lungfish. Sometimes, I ...
- All the girls excited, ooh you know they like it, it's Purpology -------------------
- My brother Jim rocking the big red beard
- Yancey Strickler being so smart that you're like, "Dude, what?"
- Jessica Hopper taking fools to task
- Government Names straight killing you
- Sean Fennessey getting paid to write about shoes
- M.R. messing around and getting me all emo
- Al Shipley no longer being the only person on this list who I've actually met
- Nick Sylvester talking to the stars
- Chris Lemonred removing my link
- Julianne Shepherd inventing slang like E-40
- Nick Barat wielding power
- Michaelangelo Matos being where I want to be in a few years, except with some kidney stones
- Sasha Frere-Jones spending that New Yorker money
- Jon Caramanica being surprisingly white
- Keith Harris resurfacing
- Rollie Pimperton starting beef he can't possibly finish
- The FT Mafia talking English
- John Darnielle needing to play Baltimore
- Hua Hsu thinking something else when you say "The Wire"
- Will Dukes talking big-city talk
- Matthew Perpetua posting stuff that I would download if I could download music at work
- Anthony Miccio courageously liking Limp Bizkit
- David Drake being just a baby, man
- Gel and Weave knowing way too much about obscure regional rap
- Amy Phillips and friends going to see some bands, dude
- Phillip Sherburne going to Spain and junk
- Jay Smooth sometimes occassionally writing about hip-hop music now
- Noz getting his picture up in Spin
- Houston So Real getting insanely great quotes from Willie D
- 1115 keeping they eyes on the prize
- Kris Ex quoting the Bible a whole lot
- Ian Steamen linking a lot
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Wednesday, March 30, 2005