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 » Live: Surfer Blood/The Drums at Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL - Remember when Weezer used to put together records that you could sing along to and rock out to? That's what Surfer Blood's show was like!
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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
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Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
M.I.A.
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N.E.E.T.

Rating: 7.3/10 ?


July 26, 2010
//Y/ is every bit as enjoyable as the last two. Which isn't to say it's a masterpiece, just that the abrupt backlash is proportionate to the fawning affection she received on Kala and Arular. Criticizing someone who's breakthrough single went "Purple haze/Galang Galang Galang" for lacking substance comes across as petty and vindictive, not to mention redundant. As a side note, it's too bad Maya thinks she's above Ke$ha and Gaga-like pop, as "XXXO" shows she could have ruled that scene like a third-world dictator [sic].
--Cory Tendering


I think the truffle fries were a cheaper attempt to bridge a bigger conclusion: that M.I.A. doesn't actually care about terrorism. It's not how shallow she is that proves that though, it's how cavalier she is with imagery she's supposed to be telling us isn't that light. It's a fascinating circle and she has fascinating beats but I'm coming around to the idea that her huge gaps between unconnected ideas are not places to stop and imagine, but rather big lazy holes.

But her music's weird and exciting and bubbles up with weird atonal logic like nothing else since Public Enemy, and this hasn't changed since "Bird Flu." After a dire initial leak, "Born Free"'s grinding drums, "Steppin' Up"'s dentist drills and hair dryers, "XXXO"'s octave-splitting countersynths and even the stupidly messy "Meds and Feds" sound so novel and of themselves that you're compelled past the ugly parts to small victories like the strange sing-song seesaw hook in "It Iz What It Iz." Maybe even M.I.A. means to use her contradictions as a red herring to draw attention to her sound. Well, we can pretend.
--Dan Weiss


M.I.A. made her name with some banging beats and important-sounding lyrics that conveyed a vague sense of political purpose...or something. On the contradictory ///Y/, she goes all in with that 'something', delivering a superficial and pointless message of anarchy conveyed by spewing a sequence of conspiracy theory buzzwords (with matching sonics) meant to illicit a serious response. "WTF" probably wasn't what she had in mind, but that's the only reasonable reaction to this hopelessly naive cacophony that would probably be insulting if it weren't so amusingly inept.
--Eric Wedgewood


Now that bashing M.I.A. is cool, it feels wrong. I can't help but wonder if other people have been as confused and annoyed by her music this whole time as I have, but kept it to themselves. Now that Pitchfork and the New York Times have given them permission, people are taking pent-up angst out on her new album without giving it a chance. The longest track, "Teqkilla," and the lead video for "Born Free" make easy targets, but the addictive nature of "XXXO" is more representative of M.I.A.'s first underrated album.

While previous efforts juxtaposed a jarring accent and radical message with lighthearted pop, she sounds more comfortable over production as abrasive as she is. It sags from haphazard sampling in "Born Free" and "Meds and Feds" and overall repetitiveness, but this is the first M.I.A. album that makes sense, even if her confused idealism never will.
--JJ Lang

Reviewed by The LAS Staff
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