Kala - M.I.A.
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Universal acclaim- based on 237 Ratings

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  • Summary: The UK rapper returns with her second album, which was recorded in several countries.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 37
  2. Negative: 1 out of 37
  1. In a voice that shifts from pout to growl in a beat’s time, M.I.A.'s verses and hooks are as mercurial in tone as the backing tracks.
  2. Here she is doing what she does best--weaving the sounds and statements of the people she's writing about into the song itself.
  3. 90
    Her most anticipated follow-up is again the most cross cultural jam you'll hear this year. [Sep/Oct 2007, p.129]
  4. Kala is definitely a song-based album, but, that being said, the songs fit together perfectly, and even more surprisingly, they’re all good.
  5. Kala is only received as a political record if you listen up properly. The music itself no longer asserts itself like a militia; it's too calm and more scattered.
  6. Everything here is a fantastic hybrid, M.I.A. and her platoon of producers thieving fashionable street sounds from Baltimore hip hop to Brazil's baile funk. [Sep 2007, p.89]
  7. 30
    The majority of Kala is limp and unfocused. [Sep 2007, p.133]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 97 out of 112
  2. Negative: 13 out of 112
  1. Oct 2, 2011
    10
    Epical! It's just the adjective I can use to explain the mixing of references and beats that one of the most reminding singer ever done. Maya Aralprugasam a.k.a. M.I.A. returned after her acclaimed start "Arular" with more power (like she herself says in "Bamboo Banga", one the greatest songs of this album). When the urban culture got down with the African beat, it turned into a CD that contains pearls like "Paper Planes", "XR2", "Jimmy" e "World Town". The great difference for the first CD is that this one bring the power of the streets, and not just the powerbeat from Africa. This mixing is the special thing, the X-Factor, that makes this, one the shinny albums ever. Expand
  2. PhamN.
    Sep 11, 2007
    10
    Vibrant, youthfull and... baaam! I can't stop playing this album either. She has that cetain... "je ne sais qua!" The girl's just got it. So much music these days lacks life and soul. I mean listen to like the difference between something like the Clash and say... the Killers (who aren't that bad compared to most). Granted different genre and sound from MIA but it's still pop. MIA got soul... Seek out the video for Jimmy, it's great. Expand
  3. BethanyL.
    Feb 18, 2008
    10
    My favorite release of the past few years. M.I.A. is as talented as she is quirky, heartfelt, and likable. Meaningful, uniquely-delivered lyrics. Bouncy, interesting beats. And....a whole lot of fun. World class album. You can't help but root for this chick and all her future projects. Expand
  4. MikeyD
    Sep 3, 2007
    9
    This is smoking! "World Town", "Bamboo Banga", "20 Dollar" and "Paper Planes" are all FIRE!
  5. DizzY.
    Aug 27, 2007
    9
    Vibe listen carefully, open your mind. MIA is great.
  6. DanB.
    Sep 16, 2007
    8
    I kind of wanted to not like this album. Too much hype + shallow pop-lefty-politics = bleh. Turns out the album's pretty good, voerall. Listened to it 5 times now and overall I like it more than Arular. Can't stand XR2, but I love Paper Planes and Jimmy (cover's better than the original too). Expand
  7. JoeyK.
    Feb 14, 2008
    0
    The most OVER hyped, OVER rated album of the year. Combining obnoxious terribly off key vocals and contrived over thought out beats that are all painfully sporadic. The worst album of the year by far. Expand

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