A Real Bruce Sterling Sort of Culture-Clash Thing

Jon on M.I.A.'s Arular: “[it] is a great debut album. It‘s catchy, rhythmic, and just melodic enough. The lyrics go from whimsical to terrifying with astonishing rapidity, and the connection between sex and violence has rarely been made so clear. The sound is like nothing I‘ve ever heard before; this is what happens when the street finds its own uses for things. A real Bruce Sterling sort of culture-clash thing. And, despite all that, not for everyone; grab a listen before you drop cash on the disc.”