M.I.A.'s hotly anticipated third full-length /\/\ /\ Y /\ follows the internationally critically acclaimed records Arular (2005) and Kala (2007). Like its predecessors, /\/\ /\ Y /\ deftly mixes politics, social consciousness, and inimitable genre blending. As much a political statement as a musical one, the new album takes a scathing look at our ever-increasing dependence on the digital world.
Produced by Rusko, Blaqstarr, Switch, Diplo, John Hill, Derek Miller, Sugu, and M.I.A., the album's influences include dubstep, electro, punk, and pop - but the end result is not so easy to define. With songs for the dance floor ("XXXO", "Teqkilla"), the rock club ("Born Free"), or a quiet moment alone ("It Iz What Iz"), /\/\ /\ Y /\ covers a lot of ground, but is held together by the controversial and incomparable aesthetic of one Maya Arulpragasam.
The album features the aggressive, punk-inspired single "Born Free," which is the backdrop to a Romain Gavras-directed short film of the same name. Just when you think you have /\/\ /\ Y /\ pegged, it will surprise you.
With the Complete My Album feature on iTunes, any previous iTunes purchases of singles from M.I.A.'s new album count toward your purchase of the whole album.
Upcoming Tour Dates with Special Guest Rye Rye
Sat, Sep-25 - Washington DC @ V fest (M.I.A without Rye Rye)
Sun, Sep-26 - Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
Mon, Sep-27 - New York, NY Terminal 5
Wed, Sep-29 - Chicago, IL Vic
Thu, Sep-30 - Chicago, IL Vic
Sun, Oct-03 - Ithaca, NY Cornell University
Mon, Oct-04 - Boston, MA Royale Nightclub
Tue, Oct-05 - Boston, MA Royale Nightclub
Sat, Oct-09 - Austin, TX Zilker Park - ACL (M.I.A without Rye Rye)
Tue, Oct-12 - Oakland, CA Fox Theater
Thu, Oct-14 - Los Angeles, CA Mayan Theater
Sun, Oct-17 - Seattle, WA Showbox at the Market
"Some people resent the way M.I.A. refuses to forget where she's been, which means war zones, refugee camps and housing projects, but also art school and dance clubs. Yet that's what makes the music so expansive... She covers so much ground because it's all a part of who she is. And from the sound of /\/\ /\ Y /\, she's capable of anything – except being dull." — Rolling Stone
"This is what we love about M.I.A., seeing her make those leaps and landing." — Stereogum
"A classic! 9 out of 10." — Spin