The Word On... M.I.A, Maya

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"A shambling mess... Without compelling tunes, the obnoxious public antics, dubious political messages and thin voice that had grated on her naysayers have become impossible for even dedicated fans to ignore."

"At points a terrifying achievement but, much like life in general, it has so much to offer an inquisitive and open mind – it simply depends whether or not you're bothered enough to scratch beyond the surface and dive in."

"While many of 'Maya''s best songs feel like warmed-over retreads of M.I.A.'s previous work, its worst often feel like manoeuvres cribbed from the playbooks of others."

"M.I.A.'s back, louder and more renegade than ever."