AOTY 2021
M.I.A. - Kala
Critic Score
Based on 25 reviews
2007 Ratings: #7 / 682
Year End Rank: #4
User Score
Based on 800 ratings
2007 Ratings: #13
Liked by 35 people
August 21, 2007 / Release Date
LP / Format
Interscope, XL / Label
www.miauk.com / Website
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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. 

redbded
80
8.0 - 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
BradTasteMusic
80
Good shit
chinz
77
I don't think there's a single bad track in sight.
marvelgaryen
97
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.
GersonAOTY
84
"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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Track List

1Bamboo Banga
4:58
94
2BirdFlu
3:24
77
3Boyz
3:27
80
4Jimmy
3:29
90
5Hussel
4:25
80
6Mango Pickle Down River
3:53
86
720 Dollar
4:34
78
8World Town
3:53
80
9The Turn
3:52
80
10XR2
4:20
90
11Paper Planes
3:25
100
12Come Around
3:54
feat. Timbaland
88
Total Length: 47 minutes
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