Kero Kero Bonito - Bonito Generation
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2016 Ratings: #55 / 987
User Score
2016 Ratings: #58
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Clash
‘Bonito Generation’ pulls off a neat trick by being a varied album whose individual tracks are all still unmistakably KKB.
90
Tiny Mix Tapes
Fine-tuning the subversive attitude behind their naive front, KKB rides the narrow frequency that sits between uncritical pop product and art school radio, and in so doing manage to nonchalantly and charismatically critique their surroundings.
90
Sputnikmusic

Bonito Generation understands completely that life-affirming occasions don’t happen every day, and so it finds equal mirth in things that end as soon as they begin. Half the songs on this album seem to say huh, this is fun before passing through to the next modicum of levity, and it’s a contagious sort of spirit, buoyed by a sense of youthfulness.

85
The 405
It’s an album crammed full of massive singles; the musical equivalent of a table full of gaudy, delicious cupcakes.
80
DIY

The one fault with this first work: It crams together a bunch of massive singles, melted into a sometimes grating dose of glucose. But that’s the compromise for penning twelve monster hits. And these really are hits. They’re not songs to skirt the pop fringes without making an impact.

80
GIGsoup

On ‘Bonito Generation’, the band have taken an aesthetic that many would think too shallow for an album, and made it engaging for all 12 songs.

80
The Needle Drop
Kero Kero Bonito comes through with a set of creative, focused, and super sweet pieces of pop music on their debut album.
80
AllMusic

Packed with breezy, witty, should-be hits, Bonito Generation is a winning mix of subversive art and genuine heart.

75
Pretty Much Amazing

Bonito Generation is thickly coated in this sweet pop sheen, and repeated listens can induce the same effect as a sugar rush.

60
The Guardian

Their no-fat nuggets have the hyper-slickness of kawaii J-pop, while harking back to an era (the 90s, obv) when high-concept chart hits were as ubiquitous as boy bands’ curtains (recalling, especially, one-hit-wonders Len).

fakeplasticrose
85

My mouth hurts from how much this made me smile

pizzagrande
75

✨peg me✨

Gyro64
95

Imagine liking this album lmaoo it sounds like children's music like wtf(the f is for fudge dont worry)?!??!?!?! I wanna be sad SARAH not happy !!!!! This is some stupid PC bullsh*t like come on guys maybe try harder next time and not make happy generic pop !! I love you KKB you guys are super nice but like wtf is this sh*t??? 1/10 you guys only get a one for being so niceok but this still sounds like kid music

cooltimreviews
100

Right now, in the current state of music, has a perfectly LP discography so far, Time ‘n’ Place was one of those albums where I knew it was a 10 from the first listen. This album was a grower, but after sitting with how much differently it sounded that Time ‘n’ Place I legitimately think this is a 10 as well, it takes similar yet more broad approach to the ideas of growing into adult life that Time ‘n’ Place did. I actually see it as kind of a story ... read more

robfeemster
75

joyous and whimsical but sometimes it feels almost too simplistic to the point where it loses my interest

94

Waking Up 9,3/10

Heard a Song 9,5/10

Graduation 9,4/10

Fish Bowl 9,6/10

Big City 9/10

Break 9,8/10

Lipslap 8,7/10

Try Me 8,9/10

Paintbrush 9,1/10

Trampoline 10/10

Picture This 9,4/10

Hey Parents 9,8/10

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Track List

1Waking Up
2:57
86
2Heard a Song
3:19
86
3Graduation
3:19
88
4Fish Bowl
1:45
90
5Big City
2:52
91
6Break
3:16
90
7Lipslap
3:39
89
8Try Me
3:29
87
9Paintbrush
0:57
80
10Trampoline
4:03
94
11Picture This
3:24
90
12Hey Parents
3:22
91
Total Length: 36 minutes
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Added on: August 23, 2016