Musical militant M.I.A. releases a new track entitled “AtTENTion”, apparently leaked to a group of persistent fans who had been pressuring her for new music over Twitter.
It’s often said that M.I.A. is a “love or hate her” sort of artist, but I’m undecided about this track. Like many of her other songs, “AtTENTion” eschews M.I.A.’s voice with a heavy mixture of auto-tune and other computer FX, and it has a tendency to grate on the listener. In this case, it means drawing out TENT in pretty much every word she says (as with the title), something I find gimmicky and artificial. Yet beneath such affectations, this isn’t musically bad. In fact, the melodic hum of the instrumental as M.I.A.’s voice goes higher for the hook is actually really nice.
No word yet on whether this will appear on M.I.A.’s upcoming album Mathangi, which hasn’t yet been given a release date.
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