Kala (studio album) by M.I.A.

Kala by M.I.A.
Year: 2007
Release date: 2007-08-08
Overall rank: 853rd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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76/100 (from 479 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 2007 (16th)
Award Top albums of the 2000s (140th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (853rd)
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Kala track list

  Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 78 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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Average Rating: 
76/100 (from 479 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 8% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 75.9/100, a mean average of 74.7/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 75.9/100. The standard deviation for this album is 17.1.

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75/100
From 01/30/2022 14:02
What is the fuss about this album, I really do not get this kind of stuff, just not my jam. I'm more for some root stuff.
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80/100
From 01/11/2020 19:31
I really think the critics overreacted on this one. Arular was way superior; a lot more simplistic and true to its sound. The 4 minute long skit like 'Mango Pickle Down River' - I know it's not meant as a skit - and the cover 'Jimmy' really don't get me excited from a musical perspective. They are there rather for the message. 'Paper Planes' for that matter was probably also rather lauded by critics for its lyrical content, and ironically got mainstream appeal because of people misunderstanding that lyrical content; a case of critics lauding something for the cultural impact it didn't had. People just liked that it sounded gangster, 'cause hip hop was hot at the moment, don't think for a moment anyone knew what it was about. The cultural impact it actually had could already be found on Arular: a musical impact. You know, that thing that reviewers should be reviewing. Oh, but she references Pixies, nevermind, this album is genius.

Probably the hardest I have ever rolled my eyes at the critics.
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100/100
From 07/19/2019 20:22
Favorite Tracks:Bamboo Banga, Bird Flu, Boyz
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30/100
From 04/22/2019 15:01
Honestly, I just found this album to be annoying. Sorry folks.
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70/100
From 03/15/2019 04:27
Not as strong as the debut. More polish isn't a good thing in this case.
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From 11/03/2016 14:01
Great successor to a brilliant debut. Full of catchy, innovative & transporting tunes with great lyrics and some fascinating subtext on "the third world" and its citizens. "Paper Planes" is completely iconic and this is a raucous, kaleidoscopic and altogether unmissable album from a thoroughly unique voice.
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90/100
From 02/13/2016 18:37
Not one of my favorite albums, but I'll never forget the first time I heard this. Such a shocking and unique sound.
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65/100
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90/100
From 04/12/2015 16:36
M.I.A. at the top of her game. Playful and sharp at the same time, and a huge improvement over Arular in terms of production. I don't think she will ever make anything this good again, unfortunately.
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75/100
From 03/25/2015 01:20
...compared to Arular though, I don't think this is as good. Arular is fantastic.
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