M.I.A. - Kala
Critic Score
Based on 25 reviews
2007 Ratings: #7 / 677
Year End Rank: #4
User Score
Based on 667 ratings
2007 Ratings: #11
Liked by 17 people
August 21, 2007 / Release Date
LP / Format
Interscope, XL / Label
www.miauk.com / Website
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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.

Rolling Stone

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. 

8.4 - Great

I mean, shit bangs.

I’m gonna keep this brief since I don’t have too much to say about Kala, but it’s great. There is a ton of well executed experiments with excellent fusions of South Asian/Bollywood music and electronic music, along with tons of compression, to create a weirdly nostalgic experience that has aged very well. It’s just pure fun, and I definitely recommend it to anyone who wants a good time.

Best tracks: BirdFlu (fav), Boyz, Jimmy, Hussel, ... read more
Good shit
M.I.A has consistently proved herself to be one of the most ahead of the curve and off the wall hip-hop artists of the 21st century, and it’s not hard to see why. This is album is filled to the brim with unorthodox beats and instrumentation, coupled with rebellious lyricism and unique flows, all coming together to deliver an absolutely bonkers display of bars and charisma. Really solid stuff.

Standout: Paper Planes
Favs: Boyz, 20 Dollar, World town, XR2, Jimmy, Bamboo Banga, The ... read more
I think this just became my favorite M.I.A. album!!!! There isn't a single bad song in this album, a full banger. What can we say? is the album that put Maya on the map, shoutout to 'Paper Planes' one of the most iconic songs of the 2000s.
"M.I.A. is coming back with power" is what the first song on the album says and is extremely true. It is really impressive how the singer managed to create two works of art in just 2 years.

Kala incorporates prominent influences from South Asian music, featuring samples of Bollywood and Tamil cinema. The album draws on various styles, from funk carioca to African folk. The songs are about political themes related to the Third World, including illegal immigration (which we can see ... read more
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