Yes, a great review of Kala, one week before the official U.S. release date. (I guess some people got advance copies?) This one comes from Nerd Litter. If it’s not giving away too much, I’d like to quote from the first and last paragraphs:
Globalization mouthpiece Thomas Friedman’s fond of declaring the world flat. It’s a recent leveling that’s been achieved, he claims, by the endless possibilities of technology and globalization. But Friedman’s conclusion seems reductive for the sake of a unified theory, and, perhaps most damaging to his ideas, he hasn’t even taken M.I.A.’s startling new album Kala into account.
…Kala ultimately is an inexhaustible world of possibilities, it’’s a clash of cultures in a dialectic dreamscape. It’s knowledgeable and funky and incisive and insightful, the very antithesis of a flattened landscape. It’s a new crest in M.I.A.’s already towering trajectory and a new high for up-and-comers to strive for. Most importantly, it marks a sharp and serious uptick in the quality of music in 2007.
P.S. [8/15]: I just found out, actually, that you can hear the whole album today and tomorrow on M.I.A.’s MySpace. “Mango Pickle” is playing as I type this.
P.P.S. [8/21]: Actual CD purchased at J&R Music World (for only $7.99!) at 9 am, on my way home from a midnight shift.