UPDATE: This song is from April. I was a bad blogger and didn’t see the date on the video. Before you send hate this way, trust me in that already hate myself enough to render all of your insults completely null and void. –NH
There’s nothing worse than an artist who constantly says “I have so many haters! You can’t bring me down, haters!” because that only gives me more liberty to agree with the haters. If you have so many haters, they must have some sort of logical reason to hate you. M.I.A. has made a career out of essentially saying “Fuck the haters! Everyone is after me!” which is a pretty ballsy move especially when the high points of your career are shadowed by incredibly iffy albums and incredibly odd interviews. If I may be so bold to say it – M.I.A. has predominately made a career out of her image moreso than her actual music. Sure, the video to “Bad Girls” was a giant hit due to its extreme driving stunts, but the song was hugely forgettable. Same with her song with the video about redheads. People remember the videos much moreso than they do the actual songs. Perhaps it’s her background as a visual artist. Perhaps it’s just the fact she hasn’t written a good song in a while. Perhaps I’m not the guy to ask about M.I.A. – I remember her from her days with Diplo before they both got super famous. Back then she at least seemed happy. The last few years haven’t exactly made any memorable songs; so this is a great return to form.
So it comes as a surprise that her new song “Come Walk With Me” has one of the catchiest hooks of the summer. It sounds like a children’s song gone mental, a bizarre surf-romp that picks up steam after thirty seconds and by the time the teaser video ends you’re actually hoping for it to continue.