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July 31, 2007

{     M.I.A. "Bamboo Banger"     }    


"M.I.A.'s coming back with... Power, Power. M.I.A.'s coming back with... Power, Power. I'm big... time-a. It's the bamboo banga'." Indeed she has and indeed she is.

M.I.A.'s new album Kala begins with the above-mentioned track, titled Bamboo Banger, and it stops all nay-say dumb in the dusty dirt. It begins simply with a line from a drum, then a borrow from The Modern Lovers: "Roadrunner, roadrunner, going hundred miles per hour... with your radio oooon!" It's the Bamboo Banger herself, and that's when you realize it: you're fucking in for it. It goes, it goes, it drives, it builds and builds, it's like nothing else you know, monotone and monotonous, but hard and sharp, it's a party, only it's from the future of the past, it makes me feel like climbing trees and jumping out leaving a neon laser-trail, and it makes my skin feel tight.

And it gets better every time I hear it. And it's not even near the best track on the album, it's just the first and I don't want to ruin the rest for you. You just wait until you hear Jimmy...

I have to admit that the initially leaked tracks, especially the Timbaland produced "Come Around", failed to blow the back of my head off like I had hoped, but they were still slammin'. In my opinion, M.I.A.'s worst is still better than most's best, but this time there was a surprise: The secret, up-their-sleeve trick that we all kinda fell for is that it seems all the previously leaked tracks, although still great, were the most lackluster ones from Kala, saving the true bangers to burn our unsuspecting ears. Meaning we got a couple three-star or four-star taster tracks so we'd be all like, "Huh, well okay, I hope the album has a few other decent tracks on it," and then saved all the five-star barefoot-jungle-stomping, neon-space-laser-flashed, sweaty-sunburnt-hands-slamming-mallets-into-drums craziness for our unwitting heads. Fire!

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