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  • Summary: This is the sophomore disc for the Norwich, England rock band (led by excitable vocalist Nikki Colk) who at times recall a harder-rocking Electrelane or a UK version of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Liliput is the analogy even if Nikki Colk has never heard of them either. Kaito are noisier, faster, girlier; Colk mispronounces her English not as a Marlene Marder homage but so people will think she's from Sweden. But the two share a rare, rambunctious sense that noise is fun and life is livable.
  2. 90
    A taste for the exotic and a winning way with a winnowing hook leavens the most ear-shredding aural barrage, short-circuiting a connection between central nervous system and booty.
  3. Band Red suggests they have reached meltdown and anybody encountering their post-punk roar would be advised to stand well back. [#243, p.74]
  4. Kaito could be the best band in the world, but Band Red isn't the best album in the world. What it is, though, is a record that shows just how good this band can be when they get it right, even if that isn't all the time.
  5. It’s this rediscovery of how to make pop music with loud guitars and peculiar sounds which makes Kaito so fresh.
  6. Their tendency to temper their noise with surprisingly sugary pop hooks and wormy choruses is what keeps these songs from becoming pretentious or tiresome.
  7. Though it's not quite as immediate as their excellent debut album, You've Seen Us...You Must've Seen Us, KaitO U.K.'s band red delivers more tightly coiled post-punk-pop with shouty vocals and elastic guitars, and also delves deeper into the group's experimental side.

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  1. BlancoA.
    May 2, 2004
    10
    I just can't stop playing this album, and I'm eager to get their debut. This is definitely a band to see live, but their unusual, often dischordant sound certainly does shine through on the disc. Although she's compared to the lead singer of the Yeah Yeah Yeas, I would have to say that Nikki Colk's sound is truly original. If you're in the mood for something new, pick up the album. It's so choice. Collapse