Time 'n' Place

Kero Kero Bonito - Time 'n' Place
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2018 Ratings: #459 / 830
User Score
Based on 985 ratings
2018 Ratings: #29
Liked by 45 people
October 1, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Polyvinyl / Label
Twee Pop, Synthpop / Genres
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KKB retain some electropop on ‘Time ‘n’ Place’, but to help themselves appear more integral, it’s less computerized, more ‘no wave’ synth pop-esque, with performances that come from a human touch.


Time 'n' Place is challenging, but its rewards are commensurate, and while the band may lose some of their more fickle fans with this release, it's always refreshing to see artistic growth put first, especially when it pays off like this.

The Needle Drop

Kero Kero Bonito make their Polyvinyl debut with a pretty radical departure from the signature sound cemented on Bonito Generation. Thankfully, Time 'n' Place is every bit as good as that album.


Time 'n' Place might not be quite as cohesive as Bonito Generation, but it offers a fuller portrait of Kero Kero Bonito's music without losing any of the spark that makes them special.


The content is memorable, but the melodies aren’t. Still, stronger and more diverse than their debut, Time ‘n’ Place aspirationally conjures a world that won’t be so easy to detest, one where magic and memory intertwine.


Time 'n' Place sounds transitional as if Kero Kero Bonito are working their way into something that's more sustainable than the often wild, sometimes too-cute experiments of their past.


First of all, I would like to thank all the aoty users, the content you create is really great and I love coming to this site regularly. To thank you, here is one of my most personal reviews.

Coincidence, happy or unhappy, I cannot say: I have the impression that my life is strangely in phase with the transformation of the most adorable and carefree trio of the Milky Way. One year ago, I felt like Sarah on the cover of "Bonito Generation": ... read more
Time n' Place is a special album for me at least, because it was the first album I discovered from AOTY. That fact isn't why I gave it a 100, but it does give some fond memories. Love you. AOTY, everyone on here is great.

Anyways, Time n' Place is my go to for "sad music." Everyone has their sad music album. Maybe it's A Crow Looked at Me. Maybe it's Have A Nice Life. Maybe it's even Ballads 1 is you're soft like that. For me it's Time n Place.

Time n Place is the kind of sad I ... read more
We all lose our innocence at some point, we all try to cling onto those last glimmers of innocence we can reach, some of us more than others. Time ‘n’ Place takes us on a journey of that exact notion; reaching onto the last crumbs of innocence, not wanting to leave it behind, not wanting to become corrupted by the world and to become a shell of your former self.

Time ‘n’ Place is very obviously quite a different album to Bonito Generation, while it still upholds that ... read more
i thought i rated this
EDIT: Yeah I'm definitely getting used to this the more I listen to it. While I wouldn't say I enjoy it quite as much as Bonito Generation, I appreciate that the band is trying something so new and different for them. KKB aren't trying to replicate the strengths of Bonito Generation, they're creating new ones. I'm really digging this, and I hope the band follow up and build on this sound soon.

No kawaii raps 0/10

Ok for real, I don't know how I feel about Time 'n' Place. I like this album ... read more
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Year End Lists

#22/The Needle Drop

Track List

  1. Outside
  2. Time Today
  3. Only Acting
  4. Flyway
  5. Dump
  6. Make Believe
  7. Dear Future Self
  8. Visiting Hours
  9. If I'd Known
  10. Sometimes
  11. Swimming
  12. Rest Stop
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Added on: September 18, 2018