Not that I’ve ever been the world’s biggest M.I.A. fan, but her best songs have kind of a kooky, fun vibe to them. I should probably admit that the recent furor surrounding the “Born Free” video (and the stupid New York Times interview brouhaha) have left me wondering if M.I.A. is all manufactured controversy and no substance, or if she somehow thinks she’s more important than she is (she definitely takes herself more seriously than she should). With that said, even if the way she handles herself kinda bugs me, the fact of the matter is that it would make no difference if I liked the music. And in the case of “Maya”, I don’t particularly like the music.
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