M.I.A. - Kala
Critic Score
Based on 24 reviews
2007 Ratings: #9 / 644
Year End Rank: #4
User Score
Based on 438 ratings
2007 Ratings: #10
August 21, 2007 / Release Date
LP / Format
Interscope, XL / Label
Electropop, Hip Hop / Genres
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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. 

80
NME

MIA's skills don’t necessarily lie in her singing, rapping or lyrics, rather the clarity of her vision.

Space Vacation
83
22YY0
**RE-LISTENING proCESS HAS BEgun** yy002

i like fish, and mango pickle
when i climb trees dem feet dem tickle

1. 79/100
2+. 83/100
itsyahboinoah
86
One of those albums in the 2000s that pivot the way of colourful and off-kilter sound of electronics. This record embraced the multi-cultural sounds of the south Asian and made a wave hit in the western countries. It also had the smashing hit paper plans hit the billboard top 200 at that time. One of the most ground-breaking records of the late 2000s and is just as good till this day.
NarrativeCoffee
81
EDIT: When talking to electropop music I barely hadn't heard anything about M.I.A until this year which it's actually sad due to the undeniable greatness around her projects.
One of my major problems with some electropop albums nowadays is the lack of emotion put to make enjoyable tracks, (sometimes it amazes me how some artists can be so bland in terms of bringing up something genuine) and this album just came to change my mind about how great electropop can be. Just listening to "Bamboo ... read more
BradTasteMusic
80
Good shit
MarkCooper
85
Original Score: 78

What albums do you think best represent the 21st century so far?

This one is a sure candidate. If I could pick one song for the anthem of the 2000's, I'd probably pick Paper Planes.

Favorite Tracks: 20 Dollar, Bamboo Banga, Paper Planes, World Town, Bird Flu, Boyz, XR2
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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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