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Kala

Alternative Rock, Dance & Electronic, and Rap & Hip-Hop album by M.I.A.

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4 1/2 Stars Is About Right For The Wild Style That Is M.I.A

  • Sep 15, 2008
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M.I.A is a very interesting artist and she is a good example for the word cause she truly has an artistic spirit. I never heard her first release but heard some singles off it. Sadly for me those singles weren't that strong to take a chance and buy it. With Kala I swear to you that it will be a very different experience than you have had with your normal genre. She is incredibly cool and has the nicest beat flow I have heard in a while.

First to get started she did a great job with her production. I heard Bird Flu and Boyz a lot a year ago and loved them. I had no idea that Paper Planes was on the same album. I had to have this after finding this out. After you figure out just exactly what she is saying, you start to enjoy her lyrics as well. Honestly I am still having trouble figuring out what she says on some other tracks. The hot thing is that she never loses the beat and never loses her rhythm. She stays on the beat on ever track. She has an amazing talent in producing cause these beats are hot.

I love that she brings out not only her culture but some others in these instruments and songs. She is progressing into a really good artist and I hope that she keeps doing what she's doing. Hey, she is good enough that Kanye has sampled her voice right? I definitely give Kala about a 4 1/2, I hate the song jimmy and that's really it. I think that she could have made a much better track than that one but overall this is a great album.

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Maya Arulpragasam, the British-based daughter of Sri Lankan refugees, delivered one of 2005's eye-popping debuts,Arular. For an album that proudly flaunted tin-can production, indecipherable South London slang, and lyrical nods to suicide bombers, it brought the woman who records under the name M.I.A. unexpected mainstream success--she followed its release by touring North America with Gwen Stefani and recording with Missy Elliott and Timbaland, while the single "Galang" made its way into a car commercial.Kala(the first release was named after her freedom-fighting father, this one after her mother) throws Arulpragasam's newfound pop credentials into the bustle of Bollywood rhythms, police sirens, 8-bit dancehall beats, Third World car horns, and street singers. Recorded across several continents, it presents a far more dynamic listening experience than her first album, especially with tracks like "Bamboo Banga," "Jimmy," and "Paper Planes." It's no less exhausting, though. What with the New Order sample, Timbaland cameo, and gunshot sound effects, there isn't a moment when it doesn't feel like you've unintentionally invited an entire carnival into your home. --Aidin Vaziri
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Label: Interscope Records
Artist: M.I.A.
Genre: Alternative Rock, Rap & Hip-Hop, Dance & Electronic
Release Date: August 21, 2007
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