• Record Label: SpinArt
  • Release Date: May 20, 2003

Universal acclaim - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. The Wire
    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. In the tradition of all great girl-fronted punk bands, from Sleater-Kinney to Elastica, it's not what Kaito has to say, it's the way Colt sings it.
  5. Mojo
    Delivers some great tunes in tight, concentrated blasts, but sets them behind a gauze of distortion that gives the impression they are gradually fraying around the edges. [Apr 2004, p.102]
  6. Q Magazine
    Unhinged but snow-cool. [Apr 2004, p.114]
  7. 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.
  8. It’s this rediscovery of how to make pop music with loud guitars and peculiar sounds which makes Kaito so fresh.
  9. Their tendency to temper their noise with surprisingly sugary pop hooks and wormy choruses is what keeps these songs from becoming pretentious or tiresome.
  10. Fans of their debut will probably be glad to learn that their boisterous sound has changed very little, but many of the best moments are still the quieter ones, which serve as respites from the surrounding chaos.
  11. Band Red spins bouncy, raw, sloppy and slightly erratic punk that can stake a claim for carving out a jagged edge of its own, complete with loveable, contagious sing-along sounds.
  12. 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
    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, 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. Full Review »