Arular (studio album) by M.I.A.

Arular by M.I.A.
Year: 2005
Release date: 2005-03-22
Overall rank: 1,376th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
74/100 (from 268 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top albums of 2005 (26th)
Award Top albums of the 2000s (215th)
Award Best albums of all time (1,376th)
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M.I.A. bestography

Arular is ranked 2nd best out of 8 albums by M.I.A. on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by M.I.A. is Kala which is ranked number 861 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 2,071.

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Average Rating: 
74/100 (from 268 votes)
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05/03/2024 14:18 javicho07  Ratings distributionRatings distribution 3,00681/100
 
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This album is rated in the top 15% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 74.4/100, a mean average of 73.2/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 74.5/100. The standard deviation for this album is 17.9.

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70/100
From 02/02/2021 18:38
Really like the vibe and attitude, but it becomes hard to ignore the repetitiveness.
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From 01/11/2020 19:55
There are two sides to this album.

The production that sounds like how the cover looks; a messed up mesh (meshed up?) of Indian folk and electroclash (one of the best things this decade has brought) on a mostly dancehall rhythm.

The seductive, rapped vocals that inspired many non-black women to rap. Who knows, maybe Robyn heard 'Sunshowers' or 'Galang' in 2004, but in any case M.I.A. was first and I don't like to believe in coincidences. They might both be inspired by Peaches, but her sound comes closer to punk, but as we have seen in the '80s too, the line between punk and hip hop are easily blurred. Anyway, when you zoom in on one concept in music and try to find its origin, you often find yourself going too far back to something that doesn't slightly sound alike, and one should give credit to the person that got the total picture right: "it's not about who did it first, but about who did it right". Weird place for a Drake lyric, but it's true.
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Rating:  
80/100
From 03/15/2019 04:26
This has seriously grown on me...
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From 10/27/2018 01:08
An utterly explosive debut blending culture and politics into its oddball hip-hop tapestry. I absolutely adore everything about "Arular".
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From 11/03/2016 13:38
Explosive debut from M.I.A. Completely fresh and eclectic whilst being accessible; it's completely its own thing and remains one of the best albums of 2005 & the best from her career (although that may be an unpopular opinion).
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From 04/09/2015 22:19
Loved it the first time I heard it. Great dance record, lots of attitude. Couldn't care less about whatever the controversy surrounding it is about.
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85/100
From 09/24/2014 14:00
People not getting it. Loud, brash, hard, good tunes and not like much else. Underrated imo but does seem to polarise opinion and that's no bad thing. Telefunker, I must see your BEA...suspect it will be entertaining.
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90/100
From 05/10/2014 01:51
This album gets a lot of backlash, but hey, i didn't like it at first either. I guess its just got some sick beats, and a great vibe. Not a fan of the rest of her stuff but her attitude on this one is pretty sick in my book
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75/100
From 11/08/2013 20:12
Radiohead makes a very original album just to experiment with new sounds and people say it's groundbreaking, but when M.I.A. does it, she's trying too hard and it's originality for the sake of originality. Well, I liked Arular. It displayed a completely fresh sound, and I congratulate M.I.A. for that. That's all there is to say.
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From 07/12/2013 00:05
It was nice, funny and hypey... it lasted for 3 months in my playlist. It was fun.
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