M.I.A. “Kala” (2007)

August 18, 2011

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.’s mother, the album mixes everything from worldbeat through hip-hop to dance, and ends up being one of the most energetic music statements of the last decade. Kala begins with Bamboo Banga, a slow-building marvel, which is one of best songs in the Sri Lankan singer’s career. Only M.I.A. can incorporate hen’s squawk in a chorus (Bird Flu) to a staggering result without sounding moronic or kitschy. And when you want to rest for a moment you get Boyz, the third super-danceable track in a row. Don’t forget Paper Planes, an international hit, with its revolutionary lyrics and gun shots. It seems that M.I.A. goes to the top of her highest mountain here.

hydrameter: 4/5

Key Tracks: Bamboo Banga, Bird Flu, Boyz, Hussel, Jimmy, Paper Planes

Watch Boyz: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcN1i6Qcjxg&ob=av2e

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