After the critically overrated “Arular,” an album that sold big while failing to live up to its hype (and how could it? Most of the songs on it sounded like complete balls compared to the “Piracy funds terrorism” mixtape versions that came out beforehand), M.I.A.'s back with “Kala,” which aims to take things to the next level and sort of does.
It’s definitely stronger than “Arular,” but not as good as “Piracy Funds Terrorism.” "Bird Flu " is a hot song with the type of weirdo beat that Timbaland used to sell millions with, and “Seven Dollar” is probably the second strongest track, with a woozy beat and a Pixies shoutout. It’s these choppy, midtempo bangers that stand out the best on the record; whenever it tries to go too dancey or uptempo, Maya’s sing-song rapping and singing just can’t keep up.
Not bad, but not Interscope good. What do you think?