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"I put people on the map that never seen a map," M.I.A. boasts on "20 Dollar," her rebel yell accompanied by a distorted New Order sample, borrowed Pixies lyrics and thunderous South Asian beats that swirl behind her proclamations of dissent.
Philadelphia Weekly  |  Caralyn Green  |  12-04-2007  |  Profiles & Interviews

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It was up to M.I.A. to prove that she wasn't a fluke, and she did just that with Kala, a global journey of underground dance, weaving together samples from the Clash, guest spots from Nigerian rappers, cues from Bollywood soundtracks, seizure-inducing album art, and quasi-political phrases
The Portland Mercury  |  Chas Bowie  |  11-15-2007  |  Profiles & Interviews

M.I.A. on Making Troublenew

A kind of audio travelogue of her visits to India, Angola, Liberia, and Trinidad, M.I.A.'s excellent Kala succeeds not just musically it's one of the year's best records but as a powerful symbol of activism in an era of rampant political apathy and self-absorption.
The Georgia Straight  |  Martin Turenne  |  11-12-2007  |  Profiles & Interviews

'Kala' is a Party Record with a Point of Viewnew

Arular struck just the right balance of radical politics, innovative production and round-the-way appeal for critics and clubgoers to go apeshit, and this ­follow-up follows suit.
Houston Press  |  Chris Gray  |  09-19-2007  |  Reviews

M.I.A. Creates an Exotic Dance Party Par Excellencenew

Arular, the 2005 debut by Mathangi "M.I.A." Arulpragasam, got lotsa reviewers hot and bothered (and deservedly so), but only a relative handful of U.S. listeners succumbed to its multi-culti charms.
Westword  |  Michael Roberts  |  09-10-2007  |  Reviews

M.I.A. Turns a Difficult Year into a Strong Second Albumnew

After breaking up with Diplo, being barred from the States and facing the pressures of the "difficult second album" (for a major U.S. label, no less) made for a very turbulent 2006. But it also produced Kala, and a work ethic that's become M.I.A.'s manifesto.
Montreal Mirror  |  Lorraine Carpenter  |  09-07-2007  |  Profiles & Interviews

M.I.A. Turns Visa Woes into Dancefloor Glorynew

Of all the collaborators and guests on the post-colonial hip-hop hot shot's new album, one looms a bit larger than the rest -- the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
NOW Magazine  |  Benjamin Boles  |  08-24-2007  |  Profiles & Interviews

M.I.A.'s Neon Funknew

Kala could have been the party album of the summer
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Corey Licht  |  08-22-2007  |  Reviews

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