- Record Label: Interscope
- Release Date: Aug 21, 2007
- Summary: The UK rapper returns with her second album, which was recorded in several countries.
- Record Label: Interscope
- Genre(s): Rap
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|I fly like paper, get high like planes If you catch me at the border I got visas in my name If you come around here, I make 'em all day I get one...||See the rest of the song lyrics|
Positive: 35 out of 37
Mixed: 1 out of 37
Negative: 1 out of 37
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."
The result is Kala a stark confrontation of set notions of authenticity and identity--and my new favorite record.
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."
The Wire'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]
Under The RadarKala 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]
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.
VibeThe majority of Kala is limp and unfocused. [Sep 2007, p.133]
Positive: 97 out of 118
Mixed: 8 out of 118
Negative: 13 out of 118
Oct 2, 2011Epical! 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
SimonK.Oct 17, 2007Quality from start to finish! As good as Arular , which is the biggest compliment i can bestow
KumuthanxJun 11, 2008MIA is excellent! talented. a genius. her music is like abstract art. only some of you will "get it".
MikeyDSep 3, 2007This is smoking! "World Town", "Bamboo Banga", "20 Dollar" and "Paper Planes" are all FIRE!
DizzY.Aug 27, 2007Vibe listen carefully, open your mind. MIA is great.
Oct 3, 2011The 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
JoeyK.Feb 14, 2008The 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
Published: October 19, 2017These are the 30 highest-scoring hip hop albums released since 2000.
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