- Kala

M.I.A. - Kala
CRITIC SCORE
86
Based on 18 reviews
2007 Rank: #4 / 560
USER SCORE
87
Based on
114 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
A.V. Club

The sound and chaotic vocalizing prove sketchy to the end, but M.I.A. announces herself as a serious artist who's wise to the push-pull ways of pop seduction.

90
Rolling Stone

Kala is less pop-friendly than its predecessor. It'sheavier, noisier, more jagged.

89
Pitchfork

For all the choices she might have made and the audiences she might have aimed at, the fresh-sounding, adventurous, and not-exactly-accessible Kala is the kind of record that obviously demanded a defined personal vision. 

User Reviews
Aug 22, 2015
exception
84
diplo's production kept this spot on, a great follow up to arular
fav tracks: paper planes, jimmy, bamboo banga
Jul 11, 2014
rapmartin12
86
Stand-Out Tracks:
- Paper Planes
- Jimmy
- Come Around
May 21, 2014
SiberianBreaks
NR
A very daring and adventurous album. Definitely brought something fresh and exciting into pop. The production and her voice was pretty fantastic.

Favourite tracks: Paper Planes, Bamboo Banga, Boyz, Birdflu, Jimmy, Come Around, XR2
Nov 26, 2013
Space Vacation
79
I remember loving this album a lot more in Grade 10; but still an interesting listen and one with quite a bit of influence.
Jun 4, 2013
simpsonIan
100
A work as vital as KALA is such a rarity that when it arrives--and KALA practically smacks you in the face as music becomes experience--you have no choice but to sit up and pay attention. M.I.A.'s part-homemade synthesis of political fury and personal experience is beautiful, funny, tragic, poignant--in other words, it is the stuff of great art. And its incisive brilliance is undeniable.
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DETAILS

August 21, 2007 / Release Date
LP / Format
Interscope / Label
Electropop, Hip Hop / Genres
www.miauk.com / Website
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END OF YEAR LISTS
# 6 - A.V. Club
# 4 - Drowned in Sound
# 7 - NME
# 3 - Pitchfork
# 1 - Rolling Stone
# 5 - SPIN
Track List
  1. Bamboo Banga 
  2. Bird Flu 
  3. Boyz 
  4. Jimmy 
  5. Hussel 
  6. Mango Pickle Down River
  7. 20 Dollar 
  8. World Town 
  9. The Turn 
  10. XR2 
  11. Paper Planes 
  12. Come Around
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