The year in music
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The geopolitical playground rhymes of Sri Lankan-British artiste Maya Arulpragasam captured the hearts of the au courant in 2005. Her second album proves she's more than a passing fancy. Recorded all over the globe, it's a big and bouncy blast of fun that communicates ideas as serious as a pocket bomb. You know an album's great when the worst track is the one produced by Timbaland.