PUNK

CHAI - PUNK
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2019 Ratings: #54 / 640
User Score
Based on 403 ratings
2019 Ratings: #793
February 13, 2019 / Release Date
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Burger / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Dork

It’s chaotic, it’s noisy, it’s brilliant.

90
The Line of Best Fit

It’s a heady, dazzling blend of pop, punk, dance, funk and electronica, moulded into a swirl of kaleidoscopic energy.

90
Exclaim!

Those new to the band are in for a real treat ... Punk is a huge step forward for CHAI, and easily one of the best albums of the year.

85
The 405

Punk as pop or pop as punk, CHAI blend their influences and ideas together so well it hardly matters. Bursting with fun, expanded musicianship, and boundless energy, this is one sophomore record that couldn’t exist more in the now.

83
Pitchfork

PUNK is a record written in earnest about being yourself, loving your friends, and not caring about what anyone else thinks about the way you live your life.

80
God Is in the TV

Loud, hook-laden bubblegum pop with a defiant message of individuality and independence. From Japan. What’s not to love?

80
The Skinny

Confidently taking on everything from rave rock to rose-tinted tropic-pop and with former singles trashing tired beauty tropes, CHAI tackle our stereos – and societal stereotypes – head on.

80
DIY

‘PUNK’ is an infectiously fun rollercoaster that delves into themes of self-acceptance and confidence, filled with anthems about how you should celebrate your own uniqueness.

80
AllMusic

Even though Punk might not be the pop explosion that Pink was, it's a well-rounded album that capitalizes on the band's imagination and capacity for experimentation while blending the sounds more organically.

80
The Guardian

Mostly, their juxtaposition of heft and nimble weirdness is an exhilarating delight.

80
Spectrum Culture

By the time it comes to a close, Punk prepares you to step out into the world with a newfound perspective, not just on yourself but also on an act such as Chai.

70
Northern Transmissions

‘PUNK’ sonically is what would happen if Sleigh Bells decamped to Japan, dialled down the corrosive riffs, ramped up the toytown electronics and spliced in 8 bit video game noises to kids’ TV theme tunes.

70
Loud and Quiet

It’s true that CHAI’s ultra-pop framework may not, at first, scream rebellion or rage. However, cutting lyricism makes it unquestionably clear that for the members of CHAI – Mana, Yuna, Kana and Yuuki – enough is enough.

BuffaloStaple
43
bro fuck this
MiaWatterson
35
Replace the voice and I'll give it a higher score
PipePanic
89
To quote @simonemarz , 'girl i don't know what the fuck they're saying but i am living'.
I had the biggest goofball smile on my face listening to this album. This album is fun on toast. I honestly don't see what all the hate is about. From the bright vocals to the loud, distorted filled instrumentation, to the excellent rhythm section, this album is a dose of energy and sugar filled fun that has been sorely missed in pop punk for the last couple of years. It's a big, positive hug with some kick ... read more
PatrickL0419
78
Don't get what all the hate is about!!

Improving on all fronts since their debut, with a more refined, bolder aesthetic, CHAI present a set of bouncy, cheerful, and colourful dance-punk tunes that have just enough of a rebellious edge to subvert the usual J-pop tropes.
RakkSmells
78
This album is essentially ITEKOMA HITS if Otoboke Beaver weren't so angry and decided, "Hey, let's have some fun, y'know? Also let's crank the pitch on our voices ALL the way up."

PUNK is a really fun and infectious dance punk album with two elements of music coming together you'd never think would work. High pitched Japanese vocals, and distorted rock instrumentals. It's such a weird mix but it all comes together in a very colorful and fun manner. While I do feel like some tracks ... read more
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Track List

  1. Choose Go!
  2. Great Job
  3. I'm Me
  4. Wintime
  5. This Is Chai
  6. Fashionista
  7. Family Member
  8. Curly Adventure
  9. Feel the Beat
  10. Future
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Added on: January 28, 2019