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.
Kala is less pop-friendly than its predecessor. It'sheavier, noisier, more jagged.
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.
MIA's skills don’t necessarily lie in her singing, rapping or lyrics, rather the clarity of her vision.
|# 6 -||A.V. Club|
|# 4 -||Drowned in Sound|
|# 7 -||NME|
|# 3 -||Pitchfork|
|# 1 -||Rolling Stone|
|# 5 -||SPIN|
|# 77 -||Consequence of Sound (2000s)|
|# 72 -||NME (2000s)|
|# 184 -||NME Top 500 of All Time|
|# 22 -||Pitchfork (2000s)|
|# 98 -||Pitchfork: The People's List|
|# 9 -||Rolling Stone (2000s)|
|# 393 -||Rolling Stone (All Time)|
|# 42 -||SPIN (1985-2014)|