M.I.A. - Kala
Critic Score
Based on 25 reviews
2007 Ratings: #7 / 671
Year End Rank: #4
User Score
Based on 569 ratings
2007 Ratings: #11
Liked by 11 people
August 21, 2007 / Release Date
LP / Format
Interscope, XL / Label
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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. 

Good shit
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.
Space Vacation
**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
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.
m.i.a. discography dive #2


yet another proof of how maya basically invented music

kala is one of those albums that just remind me of why i love music so much in the first place. it's explosive and completely unique, existing in a lane of conversion of so many genres it can't even be totally classified; it pushes the boundaries and limits further, it offers you a new vision of what music can and should be, with it's fiery beats and unapologetic lyrics

maya's performance here is incredible; ... read more
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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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