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- Kala by M.I.A.
9/10 Brian Staff review, 16 August 2007
Trying to review the new M.I.A. album at the moment but my head is too mashed to take on the sheer scale of what i'm hearing. So XL have the White Stripes, the Blues going back to the Mississippi to apologise for itself & wanking off to all the "greats" in the process. Excuse me while I gently yawn a pink lolly from my arse. Then they casually put out this fucking mental album by a woman who I believe is from Sri Lanka. 'Kala' is her 2nd big outing, named after her mother this time. And it really is just so fucking brilliant i can't review it any time soon but i have to. I told the boys i would and i'll do my duty. I feel like a schoolboy again. If Missy elliot can top this next year then i might explode. No wonder the underground's such a miserable mess when this stuff is being aimed at the stars. Afro tribal fusion grazing with crunk/dancehall vibes & the sassiest infectious lyrics in the bloody world. Somewhere it meets visionary hip hop/future techno & stuttering dancehall all blasted through a glistening pipe in a hallucinogenic eco warrior haze. With people actually starting to realize there's still so much awful stuff going on in Africa at the moment, if this doesn't energise yer (mostly) white booty down there at least in spirit then you have NO soul whatsoever. This lass is the absolute diamond in the dung and even if everywhere else gives this album of the week, I honestly think Norman's should follow suit. x Brian Dangerover
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