AOTY 2018

Time 'n' Place

Kero Kero Bonito - Time 'n' Place
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2018 Ratings: #386 / 705
User Score
Based on 307 ratings
2018 Ratings: #100
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.

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
the gang is back and they're all fucking depressed.
if you haven't read the album's description on Polyvinyl Records' website it's basically "loss of innocence and depression are the themes and influences of this record"; and for the most part it sound like it, with the album being considerably less playful and happy, but did this concept of making a darker album to express sadness carried out well?
not really to be honest, with most of the songs on this record sounding more like ... read more
I just love the new refined aesthetic. And the more mature songwriting. Awesome album!

Fav songs: Time Today, Only Acting, Dump, Make Believe, If I'd Known, Swimming

Least fav: Flyway
One of the most underrated albums ever.
Wow, I was not expecting this from Kero Kero Bonito. The EP was a sign there was going to be a change and perhaps a new sonic direction but I wasn't expecting this! It honestly sounds like a different group, but their transition and reinventing of their music does not have a negative effect on the content of this album.
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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