Opinion was pretty sharply divided over M.I.A’s last album ‘Maya’. Some people (this writer included) felt it was a disappointing step backwards following the killer output of her first two albums, and a possible sign that increased superstardom had mellowed her slightly. Others felt that it showed a natural progression and was perhaps unfairly overlooked.
Get ready for those arguments to begin all over again, as M.I.A has unleashed some all-new material. Well … kind of all-new, as an earlier version of this tune partially appeared on last year’s mixtape download ‘Vikki Leex’. ‘Bad Girls’ is the upcoming single from her as-yet-untitled summer album. The song itself was unveiled online today, hits iTunes tomorrow, and has a video premiere lined up for this Friday. In the meantime, you can check out the music itself in the clip above. It certainly seems like a more melodic return to form (the harsh discordance of her most recent output also drew a fair bit of criticism), but also could be seen as lacking a certain ‘fire’ that was present in her earlier work. What do you guys think?