Beats Will Quake, Asses Will Shake!
We all know a few people who feel the need to always overâ€šÃ„Ã¬analyze music. However, after a couple of listens to the bombastic, brilliant debut from Sri-Lankan born, London-based, M.I.A. (real name Arulpragasam), those people will most likely want to break away from their analytical mind-sets and seriously start shaking their asses.Arular is a backbreaking assault loaded with underground UK Garage, South American Baile Funk, Old-School Hip Hop, and new Electro influences. On the track â€šÃ„ÃºBucky Done Goneâ€šÃ„Ã¹ one could compare M.I.A.â€šÃ„Ã´s commanding, dancehall induced lyrical delivery to that of the UKâ€šÃ„Ã´s screwball Dizzee Rascal, not to mention the subtle yet threatening rhymes of the Real Roxanne. On the other hand, the drugged-out Dub sing-a-long â€šÃ„ÃºBingoâ€šÃ„Ã¹ is more consistent, but no less thrilling, with its intense and alarming production. â€šÃ„ÃºFire Fireâ€šÃ„Ã¹ is one of the albums more stripped-down tracks with its seismic rhythm, dirty synths, and G-Funk style pitch-bends. Tracks like the booty-shaking, lets go roller-skating â€šÃ„Ãº10 Dollarâ€šÃ„Ã¹ and the crunchy, immediately catchy â€šÃ„ÃºGalangâ€šÃ„Ã¹ are sure to summon hordes of people to the dance floor.
However, the hypnotizing â€šÃ„ÃºSunshowersâ€šÃ„Ã¹ is Arularâ€šÃ„Ã´s true secret weapon. Sequenced toward the end of the album, it epitomizes everything great about M.I.A., down-tempo bouncy beats, brash yet silly rhymes, and a gorgeous falsetto hook. Itâ€šÃ„Ã´s the album’s most striking and most memorable moment.
Due to the multi-cultural slang of the lyrics, most people will not understand one word that M.I.A. is saying. Although I include myself in that group, my guess is that she is saying something like, â€šÃ„ÃºFor Godâ€šÃ„Ã´s sake tight-ass, get the hell up and dance!â€šÃ„Ã¹