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One of the most life-affirming albums in recent history.
The Sydney Morning Herald

Whether it’s the rap verse on Maybe Chocolate Chips, the frenetic energy of PING PONG! or the powdery vocals on IN PINK, CHAI has more room to be playful than ever, and Wink solidifies them as rising bubblegum stars.


The Japanese four-piece return with their smoothest, most comforting record yet, serving up ‘80s-tinged guitar pop and even a soothing lullaby.

Loud and Quiet

WINK is endearing, but it’s not Kawaii; it’s all analogue R&B and garage punk with a rap verse. It’s a bold move forward in their movement, which candidly champions people on their own terms.


Totally original, completely unselfconscious and wonderfully catchy, WINK is one of those rare albums that you can throw on anytime and let it guide you on the journey it has laid out before you.

The Skinny
If the range of CHAI's capabilities was ever in doubt, this album is the answer, offering unexpected turns and new ideas, incorporating them into their kaleidoscopic swirl of noise with aplomb.

The only CHAI fans whose mileage may vary are those who need to hear the sound of guitars to be happy, otherwise there's no reason for anyone not to embrace this pop gem just as tightly as they did the band's first two albums.

The Line of Best Fit

CHAI spent the past year in lockdown, which not only forced them to live life at a slower pace – for once – but to also seek out comfort during a turbulent and uncertain time. WINK is a direct result of that, an album full of calming energy, with vibes to soothe the soul and the mind, and put a smile on your face.

Record Collector

As with all things Chai, it comes adorned with their own creatively fertile spin alongside an addictive positivity.

Beats Per Minute
As ever, one of their greatest strengths remains being able to flip weighty, even grave, topics into some of the most irresistible pop songs being made today. Even in mellowing, they remain as defiant as ever.

If listening to CHAI’s music is half as fun as its creation, then they’re one lucky band. WINK is a filling, nutritious meal: good for the soul and brimming with flavor.

Spectrum Culture
The third album by Japan’s queens of alt-kawaii is unexpectedly sweet and sultry, if lacking a little of their usual spark.
The omnivorous Japanese band’s Sub Pop debut exudes a newfound sense of serenity, even as they remain committed to exuberant self-love.
Crack Magazine

WINK is their most homely record, and the most surprising.


Just as bubbly and sincere as any of the group's grittier work, Wink is unashamedly both fun and vulnerable, calls to self-love and social understanding embedded in peak pop musicianship and some of the year's catchiest melodies so far.

A dazzling burst towards personal and creative freedom.
We’d never want CHAI to lose their pep, but there’s something pleasing about watching them grow into something new.
The Forty-Five
‘WINK’ proves that not even a pandemic can dampen Chai’s enthusiasm. The band remain full of gusto – and not just for donuts.
Under The Radar

There are signs of maturity and mellowing afoot on WINK, but the sounds and inspirations are unmistakably CHAI being themselves.

They might worry that nobody knows they are fun, but ‘WINK’ shows they have fun in abundance. With a generosity to their humour and a spirited approach to making music, CHAI invite you into their club.
'WINK' by the gracious band Chai is incredibly fun and modern.
An album that starts and finishes with loads of energy, every single track in this will probably live on my replay for ages, as a third album this record is so diverse, so interesting and it's also so complete. I confess their last album wasn't exactly my cup of tea, but I learned to love their music bit by bit. The j-pop universe is so rich, then you blend with bits of city pop, dance pop, disco, bedroom pop and many other ... read more
FUCK you, rob. you think you can just delete the Despicable Me 3 soundtrack from this website, taking away my original iconic review with it? actually pathetic


Oh, Despicable Me. You’re one of the most popular modern animated franchises….and you just blew it with this latest installment! Despicable Me 3 has to be the worst movie I have seen this summer of 2017, so far (until The Emoji Movie). By that I don’t even mean the movies that have ... read more
Honestly I am in utter shock at how much I enjoyed this.

On "Wink", Chai use their powers of J pop, dance music and other genres in the best way possible.
And I will be totally honest with you guys, the last couple projects did not impress me all that well but this record got me anticipated since the singles. There are just so many fun and beautifully produced tracks the group has come up with.

My favorite track would probably be “Maybe Chocolate Chips”, which is ... read more
Based on CHAI's previous two albums, Pink and PUNK, you'd almost assuredly be a bit surprised at the direction the Japanese group go for on their most recent endeavor. WINK is full of bubbly, sweet, and downtempo indie pop that has the biggest surprise of stripping back the distorted guitars for something soothing in turn. It makes for a complete left turn for the four-piece, one that is by no means unwelcome but is likely not the record anyone expected.

Admittedly, although fun I simply ... read more
WINK certainly wasn't my most anticipated release of the night, but it might have ended up being my favourite! It oozes fun from start to finish, I couldn't stop smiling and dancing in my chair listening to it lol. I would have loved it to be more vocally charged, but I can't complain TOO much when the music is this good. Great job CHAI!
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Added on: January 18, 2021