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Universal acclaim- based on 252 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. The album hits hardest by embodying the process by which certain voices are bottled up and distorted within the global noise of what M.I.A. calls "Third World Democracy."
  2. The result is Kala a stark confrontation of set notions of authenticity and identity--and my new favorite record.
  3. With its mix of Tamil pop, Baltimore beats and, yes, funk carioca Kala succeeds best in pulling genres together to make something both unique and identifiable --a 'hip-hop' record that explores what it means to sing about "hip-hop things."
  4. 'Bomboo Banga' is pure power monotony, her deadpan one-note voice mixed with car engines, samples of Bombay pop, Booty Bass and tribal rhythms, is a perfect soundtrack to a stroll down London's Banglatown. [Sep 2007, p.57]
  5. Kala not only doesn't disappoint, it renews faith in M.I.A. and confirms her commitment to the individualistic sound she has created. [Summer 2007, p.74]
  6. 80
    The impact of M.I.A.'s music isn't in what she says, but how it arrives: in tracks so irritating they're irresistible. Anything but naive, M.I.A. brings a connoisseur's ear to her beats.
  7. 30
    The majority of Kala is limp and unfocused. [Sep 2007, p.133]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 95 out of 115
  2. Negative: 13 out of 115
  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. MayaEpical! 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. VerianT.
    Sep 26, 2007
    10
    Perfect crazy perfect.
  3. ChrisW.
    Aug 18, 2007
    10
    M.I.A. is one the most original artists out right now. Take full advantage of listening to this album... loud! The sounds that come through M.I.A. is one the most original artists out right now. Take full advantage of listening to this album... loud! The sounds that come through the speakers are so incredible. There is nothing like it out right now. Vibe mag doesn't know what they're talking about... nor have they ever. Expand
  4. SophiaF.
    Apr 9, 2008
    10
    I love this album. It's not only hip and catchy, the lyrics are very substantial. If you don't like this LP, it's probably I love this album. It's not only hip and catchy, the lyrics are very substantial. If you don't like this LP, it's probably because you just don't understand. Expand
  5. davidv.
    Sep 7, 2007
    9
    I'm very satisfied.
  6. Oct 3, 2011
    8
    The second LP by Mathangi Arulpragasam, who is known in the music world as M.I.A., is crazy. Wonderfully crazy. Named after M.I.A.â
  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 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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