Boris
Attention Please


3.0
good

Review

by Eli EMERITUS
July 2nd, 2011 | 27 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Year of Boris: Great start, excellent execution, but a little shaky on the landing.

It’s been a hell of a year for Japanese metal outfit, Boris. Starting things off with a bang, the band released a split with noise artist Merzbow, entitled Klatter. The band then revealed a surprising move to release not one, but three separate and distinct albums, all within the calendar year. New Album (indicative of the jarringly new direction the band took) started things off with quite a bang, featuring a poppier, less metal influenced Boris. If that weren’t enough, the band released Heavy Rocks, the spiritual successor to, well, Heavy Rocks. Now, with their final(?) 2011 release, have Boris proved that this truly is the year of Boris?

Well, yes and no.

Although released on the same day as Heavy Rocks, Attention Please is technically regarded as their latest release, and their seventeenth studio album. Said album is in no way a bad piece of music, but it sees the band stray so far from their comfort zone, that it ultimately falls flat. This may seem strange, as Boris really isn’t known to have a comfort level, as the band is no stranger to outlandish experimentation. However, lack of energy found in Attention Please is a big hindrance, as any one will tell you that energy and passion are two things Boris have always had in spades.

The passive nature of the entire work is most notably from one surprising aspect"Wata. Attention Please sees Wata as the album’s leading lady, for the first time mind you. Her pleasant, soft vocals were actually a standout earlier this year, as she lent them on a few tracks in New Album. Yet those lovely little flourishes don’t fare so well when stretched out over an entire album. To put it simply, Wata isn’t a lead vocalist. Too often does she float on aimlessly, letting her subtle charm carry her across a four or five minute song. Unfortunately, Wata just cannot sustain any sort of intrigue, and added to that, the subdued nature of the music really points to flaws in her voice.

Yet there is more here than Wata’s disappointingly sub-par vocals. Per the usual, Boris prove to be more then competent musicians, as Attention Please really offers up a pleasant listening experience. However, the experience is marred by an overall inconsistent presentation. The songs themselves have no flow or continuity to them, and they come off as a sort of random jumble of assorted genres, ranging from shoegaze to hard-rock. On paper it sounds pretty great, because as stated previously, Boris are definitely no strangers to experimentation. However, it’s clear that the band were out of their element, with every little experiment coming off as either contrived or half-assed.

All things aside, Attention Please has some pretty good songs with some surprisingly great re-listen value. “Party Boy” and “Hope” have been ported over from New Album, and whilst being copies, they are still really excellent tracks. “Tokyo Wonder Land” sees the band stepping into more psychedelic territory, something they are rather accustomed to by now. It’s really a chill song, and Wata’s sparingly vocals actually fit the song perfectly. “You” is another song that, while fairly subtle and subdued, creates a nice, dense atmosphere. Following this is an actually surprising standout, as “Aileron” is short, sweet, and beautiful song. It’s purely acoustic, but it creates a wonderfully lovely melody that acts as a great interlude. However, songs like “See you Next Week” and “Spoon” just completely miss the mark. Bland, tepid, and uninteresting, they really hurt the overall presentation.

Boris, despite displaying some truly excellent musicianship, have disappointed with their seventeenth record, Attention Please. In a way, the completely bizarre shift in musical direction is sort of indicative of the band almost begging for attention, as the album is so jarring and so outlandish, that it seems like the band is simply trying way too hard. Regardless, there is a decent listening experience buried here somewhere, but it’s up to the listener to decide whether or not it’s worth the time and effort to uncover it.



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Xenophanes
Emeritus
July 2nd 2011


10594 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

And with that, I have reviewed all three Boris albums : D



I really wanted this to be my favorite Boris release this year

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psykonaut
July 3rd 2011


3913 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i agree, this is the weakest of the trifecta. great review, man
YOB

Ire
July 3rd 2011


41780 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i still need this. i saw it used at my local record store. it was coupled together with cave in's
latest for like 10 bucks.
: /

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
July 3rd 2011


6112 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Finally this gets a review. Major kudos for that.

Still, i disagree with the rating and the most part of what it is written in the review.

I liked this better than all the 2011 Boris albums.



but it sees the band stray so far from their comfort zone, that it ultimately falls flat

Didn't know that Boris had a comfort zone, their "comfort zone" lies in the very absence of it, I think.



However, lack of energy found in Attention Please is a big hindrance

I thoroughly disagree. There is really no need for the band to be amped in every record and they finally understood this with this album and New Album


All things aside, Attention Please has some pretty good songs with some surprisingly great re-listen value.

A bit of controversy with respect to what has been already written in the previous paragraphs, may it's just my impression though.



However, songs like “See you Next Week” and “Spoon” just completely miss the mark. Bland, tepid, and uninteresting, they really hurt the overall presentation.

Totally disagree. "Spoon" is awesome. As for “See you Next Week”, it is a cool psychedelic interlude. Boris has one of those in nearly every record they put out and personally i listen those interludes on repeat.


and they come off as a sort of random jumble of assorted genres

Thank god for that, thank god there is Boris to give this random jumble.




In closing, how it is possible for 5 out of ten songs to have great replay value (they are not the only ones though) and the record not being "great" (as in a 3.5-4.0)

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Ire
July 3rd 2011


41780 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah i'm pretty sure i'm going to like this more than heavy rocks 2

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
July 3rd 2011


6112 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Heavy Rocks II was great, but altogether a rehash of Heavy Rocks

On the contrary, this is so fresh.

Tyrael
July 3rd 2011


20879 Comments


Great review as always Xeno, I hope you get contributor'd soon!

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Ire
July 3rd 2011


41780 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

u just jinxed him traelzixy. it aint neva gon' happen now

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
July 3rd 2011


16137 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

HR2 is much better than the original, in my opinion.

Ah, good to be back...

Inveigh
July 3rd 2011


24968 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good review once again

Heavy Rocks II is awesome, I like New Album quite a bit too... not as excited for this as I was before reading the review though..

Irving
Staff Reviewer
July 3rd 2011


7291 Comments


Missed reading an Elijah piece so much. Pos for you buddy =)

Also, you might want to do some minor edits to remove those annoying little black diamonds in the review.

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Ire
July 11th 2011


41780 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oh yeah this is better than Heavy Rocks II. The cd is also really pretty.

Inveigh
March 10th 2012


24968 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is great but it also might be the most frustrating boris album ever

Urinetrouble
March 10th 2012


5760 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

most frustrating boris is smile because it has good songs but it goes nowhere

Inveigh
March 10th 2012


24968 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

well yeah i actually can't really comment on "ever" bc i haven't heard all their albums (smile being one)

but this one frustrates me because it's so close to being like 4.5 level but a lot of songs have just a few minor things that detract from the quality

Ire
March 10th 2012


41780 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i think this is rly smooth for a boris album

it's differnt n stuff

Inveigh
March 10th 2012


24968 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yea it's definitely easy listening but i feel like each song misses an opportunity to take it to the next level

that, or i'm just drank and elaborating

Inveigh
March 10th 2012


24968 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

and by drank i mean drunk

or do i

Ire
March 10th 2012


41780 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

draaaaaank

Inveigh
March 10th 2012


24968 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

and also that



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