How M.I.A. (and America) Got Her Swagger Back
The menace of "Paper Planes" trumps the frivolity of "American Boy." Both are good signs.
By Rob Harvilla
Tuesday, January 20th 2009 at 3:49pm
When the going gets tough, the tough go shopping. Or they demand comically oversized jewelry in exchange for romantic fealty. Or they commit armed robbery to combat global inequality, just as they did to tremendous acclaim last year. Your choice. But if you could only grab hold of two things in 2008 (and God help you if a voting lever wasn't one of them), the choice between a MasterCard, Jay-Z's hand in marriage, or a gun wasn't much of a choice at all once the economy went straight to hell just as Obama ascended. All hail the right to bear arms: "Paper Planes" is the top single of 2008. That it actually came out in summer 2007 is mere trivia.
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