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Kala (2007)

Artist: M.i.a.
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Format: CD
Sku: 205116526
UPC: 602517425651
UPC 14: 00602517425651
Release Date: 8/21/2007
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Bamboo Banga ~ M.I.A. (Maya Arulpragasam)
2. Bird Flu ~ M.I.A. (Maya Arulpragasam)
3. Boyz ~ M.I.A. (Maya Arulpragasam)
4. Jimmy ~ M.I.A. (Maya Arulpragasam)
5. Hussel ~ M.I.A. (Maya Arulpragasam)
6. Mango Pickle Down River ~ M.I.A. (Maya Arulpragasam)
7. 20 Dollar ~ M.I.A. (Maya Arulpragasam)
8. World Town ~ M.I.A. (Maya Arulpragasam)
9. Turn, The ~ M.I.A. (Maya Arulpragasam)
10. XR2 ~ M.I.A. (Maya Arulpragasam)
11. Paper Planes ~ M.I.A. (Maya Arulpragasam)
12. Come Around ~ M.I.A. (Maya Arulpragasam)
 
Even before M.I.A. (Maya Arulpragasam) debuted in 2005 with ARULAR, the blogosphere was already abuzz about her, engaging in the kind of discourse normally reserved for academic dissertations. Whether hailed as a canny postmodern pastiche or dismissed as inauthentic cultural pirating, the music, a lively pan-global mash-up of regional dance music styles, seemed to be emanating simultaneously from every ghetto, favela, and council-flat within earshot. As if to call out her detractors, M.I.A. returns for another shot of explosive, politically charged and globally conscious dance music on her second album, KALA.

Lacking the patchwork quality of the debut, KALA is a more cohesive and polished affair, though it matches its predecessor for shear visceral thrills. Recorded across several different continents, and featuring the production talents of Timbaland, Switch, and Blaqstarr, as well as longstanding collaborator Diplo, the globetrotting beat makers mine sources as varied as funk carioca, Baltimore bounce, and the occasional ludicrously placed sound-effect (a squawking chicken). The gloriously bombastic lead single, "Boyz," kicks off the party with a blaring horn loop, carnival percussion, and a stuttering Bollywood vocal sample, while M.I.A. merrily chants the chorus in her sing-song faux patois. The twittering, beat-heavy "Bird Flu" sounds a bit like what you might expect--jagged beats create syncopated poly-rhythms, while birds chirp feverishly against Arulpragasam's bratty invective. But the irreverent cultural re-appropriation doesn't stop at her borrowing from the third world; clever nods to the Clash, New Order, and even Jonathan Richman appear in unexpected and cheeky combinations, offering further proof that M.I.A.'s potent cross-cultural grab bag is as sonically audacious as ever.

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: DJ Ability (scratches); The Wilcannia Mob.
Muze PNote Additional personnel: Afrikan Boy, Timbaland.
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Switch ; Mark "Spike" Stent.
Muze PNote Photographers: M.I.A. ; Liz Johnson Artur; Michael Kamber; Janette Beckman.
Muze PNote Even before M.I.A. (Maya Arulpragasam) debuted in 2005 with ARULAR, the blogosphere was already abuzz about her, engaging in the kind of discourse normally reserved for academic dissertations. Whether hailed as a canny postmodern pastiche or dismissed as inauthentic cultural pirating, the music, a lively pan-global mash-up of regional dance music styles, seemed to be emanating simultaneously from every ghetto, favela, and council-flat within earshot. As if to call out her detractors, M.I.A. returns for another shot of explosive, politically charged and globally conscious dance music on her second album, KALA.
Muze PNote Lacking the patchwork quality of the debut, KALA is a more cohesive and polished affair, though it matches its predecessor for shear visceral thrills. Recorded across several different continents, and featuring the production talents of Timbaland, Switch, and Blaqstarr, as well as longstanding collaborator Diplo, the globetrotting beat makers mine sources as varied as funk carioca, Baltimore bounce, and the occasional ludicrously placed sound-effect (a squawking chicken). The gloriously bombastic lead single, "Boyz," kicks off the party with a blaring horn loop, carnival percussion, and a stuttering Bollywood vocal sample, while M.I.A. merrily chants the chorus in her sing-song faux patois. The twittering, beat-heavy "Bird Flu" sounds a bit like what you might expect--jagged beats create syncopated poly-rhythms, while birds chirp feverishly against Arulpragasam's bratty invective. But the irreverent cultural re-appropriation doesn't stop at her borrowing from the third world; clever nods to the Clash, New Order, and even Jonathan Richman appear in unexpected and cheeky combinations, offering further proof that M.I.A.'s potent cross-cultural grab bag is as sonically audacious as ever.

Producer: Timbaland; Switch; M.I.A.; Timbaland; Switch; Diplo; Morganics; M.I.A.

Engineer: Larry 'Live' Lyons; Marty Green

Artist Overview

The daughter of a former member of Sri Lankan rebel group the Tamil Tigers, singer/rapper M.I.A. grew up in London where she was schooled on American hip-hop, U.K. club sounds, and world rhythms. With all these sounds in tow, M.I.A. went on to create an infectious, hyperactive, cross-cultural musical hybrid best represented by her ubiquitous 2004 single, "Galang." A stridently political performer (noticeable in everything from her visual art to her music), M.I.A.'s often controversial status as an activist came to a head in 2006 when she was denied a visa and entry into the United States.
Artist Followers
Nicki Minaj

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations MDNA (Deluxe Edit Edition)
Muze Music Compilations Bling Ring (Ost)(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Pay Close Attention:xl Recordings
Muze Music Compilations MDNA(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations MDNA (Deluxe Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Total
Muze Music Compilations Fast Furious (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations Fast And Furious (Explicit Version)

Associated Artists and Works

Diplo
Mia
SebastiAn (France)

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 08/21/2007
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2007
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 000965902
Music Label Name Label : XL/Interscope
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00602517425651

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.65)
- 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "It's heavier, noisier, more jagged....KALA strikes deep....A riot of human, musical and mechanical sounds bubbles underneath these tracks."

Rolling Stone (p.107)
- Included in Rolling Stone's "50 Top Albums of the Year 2007" -- "M.I.A.'s second album was an international block party with a sonic imagination nobody could match all year."

Spin (p.127)
- 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "M.I.A.'s border-crossing dance pop is a revolutionary manifesto set the victory party vibe of the future."

Entertainment Weekly (p.133)
- "KALA is propelled by genuinely stellar moments: the manic thrall of 'Jimmy,' the ferocious gunshot-chorused 'Paper Planes.'" -- Grade: B

Uncut (p.87)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] head-spinning equatorial dash....She twangs the boundaries of taste both lyrically and musically. But a knockout's a knockout..."

The Wire (p.57)
- "She has kept her globetrotting spirit intact in later years -- for Kala she's harvested inspiration and sounds from streets on every continent."

The Wire (p.37)
- Ranked #8 in The Wire's "Top Ten Records of the Year 2007" -- "[The] album saw her in transcontinental globetrotting mode in search of the tribal beats, engine sounds and local pop samples mishmashed into KALA."

Q (Magazine)
(p.76)
- Ranked #34 in Q's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2007" -- "[H]ip hop by way of Africa, the Caribbean and the Indian subcontinent..."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   M.i.a.
Product attributeLabel:   Universal Music Group
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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