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Second album of alt-punk from the quartet based in Nagoya, Japan

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  1. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    A heady, dazzling blend of pop, punk, dance, funk and electronica, moulded into a swirl of kaleidoscopic energy
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  2. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    A huge step forward for CHAI, and easily one of the best albums of the year
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  3. 8.5 |   The 405

    Unafraid to delve into their every whim, from the accomplished to the adventurous to the absurd, CHAI are just about as now as you can get without stumbling into the unrealized
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  4. 8.3 |   Pitchfork

    Enthusiastic, maximalist pop with a bluntly feminist message
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  5. 8.0 |   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?
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  6. 8.0 |   DIY

    An inclusive call-to-arms championing individuality, uniqueness and self-confidence
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  7. 8.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Prepares you to step out into the world with a newfound perspective
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  8. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Amplifies the synth-pop and reframes empowerment: it’s a delight
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  9. 8.0 |   Q

    Chai specialise in indie-pop confections, but lean in close and you're swept into an anarchic whirlwind. Print edition only

  10. 8.0 |   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
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  11. 7.0 |   Northern Transmission

    ‘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
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  12. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    A melodic yet pointed attack on all things patriarchal and, uniquely, all things connected to Japan’s culture of kawaii
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