M.I.A.

“Bad Girls”

self-released

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For many, M.I.A.’s underrated third album Maya failed to live up to the expectations from the British singer who was known for her dance music that melded hip hop with influences from around the world.  “Bad Girls” is a return to the frantic pop song crafting abilities of “Paper Planes” and “Boyz.”  Danja, the producer behind Britney’s fantastic Blackout, creates a beat that sounds like “Paper Planes” for an era of dance-influenced Top 40 pop music.  The repeated refrain of “Live fast, die young/Bad girls do it well” muscles its way to ubiquity until it’s the only phrase you remember from the song and is a fitting reintroduction of M.I.A. to the general public.

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