Turn Our Brains Off and File under Poptastic

I can’t believe people are still going on about M.I.A. “fighting the power,” because while her recent release offers some great pop tracks, they are more variations on a trend than groundbreaking excursions into new musical terrain.

And her lyrics offer no insight:

“I’ll throw your shit in your face when I see ya cause I got something to say. I was born free.”

“Connected to the Google, Connected to the government.”

“You want me, cause you’re tweeting me like tweety bird on your Iphone.”

M.I.A. waxes politically against “the Google” and the “Iphone,” and then casually refers to being tweeted by a man with an Iphone who wants her. I’m confused.

But confusion aside, this album is filled with some adept pop songs. So I think we should turn our brains off  and  file this one under poptastic.

M.I.A.: XXXO

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5 Responses to Turn Our Brains Off and File under Poptastic

  1. David G says:

    Agreed that taking M.I.A. as a political artist is for the birds. Except I’m not in agreement that this album is filled with great pop: I love “Born Free,” but… well, the rest of the album is a bit of a desert. And this is a good pop song, but it doesn’t have any of the verve or surprise of any of the stuff from the first two albums. It could be from any body. That said, I’ve listened to the album once, so grain of salt.

  2. I definitely think that the verve, the energy of Arular is missing. However, I had dismissed the album at first, and it has grown on me over repeat listens.

  3. David G says:

    Listening again. Had forgotten about “It Takes a Muscle,” which is pretty great. Philly boy Diplo represent. Apparently it’s a cover of a Spectral Display song, which is itself pretty sweet:

  4. David G says:

    Also, this performance on Letterman, with numerous fake Maya’s, is pretty amazing:

  5. Hena says:

    I think she’s mocking other artists in her music when she mentions the Iphone or Google. Especially by watching the video for ‘XXXO’ you see the glitter graphics all over the place, it reminded me of music videos out there that advertise the products that endorse them.

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