While songs such as "Galang" exude a decidedly Eastern feel, owing to Arulpragasam's early years in Sri Lanka, the dominant style is dancehall as filtered through U.K. garage. This odd blend works, thanks in part to spare electro-arrangements that make room for off-kilter elements, including the goofy horns in "Bucky Done Gun." Still, the focus remains on M.I.A., whose bouncy flow is ideally suited to numbers like "Bingo" and "Pull Up the People," whose lyrics display a measure of social consciousness. For the most part, however, Arular is more concerned with bonbon-shaking than politics, and that's a good thing. Otherwise, the New Yorker article would have run twenty pages.