Boris
Attention Please


4.0
excellent

Review

by Mark M. USER (11 Reviews)
August 11th, 2011 | 10 replies | 3,005 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: “Attention Please” is a bit softer than some of Boris’ previous efforts, however it offers you a great blending of very catchy noise pop and some fantastic atmospheric tracks that are sprinkled on top with some experimentation.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

If you are familiar at all with the Japanese trio Boris you probably know that they are known more for their sludge/doom metal efforts like "Heavy Rocks". However Boris is a band that likes to dip their feet in some experimentation and create music that some may consider being outside of their comfort zone.

After releasing their second "Heavy Rocks" record this year, the group also decided to put out an album by the name of "Attention Please" and it's not a doom record but actually more closer to something like noise pop and shoegaze.
"Attention Please" is Boris' seventeenth full-length LP and comes in at about 41 minutes. It was released May 24th of 2011 (The same day as Heavy Rocks).

The album starts out with the title track also named "Attention Please" which has very smooth guitar picking and a steady drumbeat throughout the track with different obscure sounds floating in the background. It's fairly simple but it's done in a way that builds up a good atmosphere around it. Right from the opening number, you will probably notice that Wata does the vocals on this record and it blends very well together with the sound that "Attention Please" has. Awa has a very soothing voice that echoes through the melodies and creates a serene experience, especially on the softer tracks

The album pushes on with "Hope" which is a very “shoegaze-ish” song as well as the single of this album. This track differs a bit from the rest of the album. Here’s there are constant noises and guitars going on throughout the track, comparing with the other tracks on the album where there is some more space in between the sounds. It’s a very catchy song that will probably stick in your brain right away, but perhaps doesn’t offer the same amount of atmosphere a lot of other tracks on “Attention Please” do.

Something that is quite interesting on this album is that it offers you a lot of variation; you have songs where you can clearly recognize some sludge/doom elements thrown in, take for example the track “Les Paul Custom ‘86” (which is one of the tracks that was remixed for Attention Please from New Album). Others are very upbeat and have a really solid “noise pop” feel to them and there’s also the soft and ambient tracks like “Alieron” or “You”. These are the tracks that make this album great, take the track “You” for example, which has an absolutely amazing atmosphere to it. The music carries you away to an empty field somewhere very far away, where’s there is nothing else around but you and nature. You’re accompanied only by Wata’s euphonious voice and echoes of a guitar while all the noise slowly fades away in the distance. At some points in the song, it sounds like a swarm of electronic butterflies glides through your ears which is just absolutely fantastic.

However it is the diversity between tracks on this album that make songs like that stand out, because you don’t know where the album is going to take you next. This album shows that Boris isn’t afraid to create something a bit different from their heavy sludge sound, even if those elements are clearly present on “Attention Please”.

The mixing on here is very well done. It merges the Boris’ familiar “dirty” guitar sounds and some enigmatic metallic samples with the serene and electronic sounds of different instruments as well as the clean guitar picking. Boris produced this record themselves as they tend to do with a lot of their other albums, so it feels like they knew exactly what sound they were going for and they succeeded with this splendidly.

In the end, “Attention Please” is kind of a bonus album that was released with “Heavy Rocks” that features remixed tracks from “New Album”. That being said it’s quite an amazing bonus, many will probably say that Boris should focus more on their heavy side which is what they are best at. However, I feel that it’s a great idea to mix things up a bit, since Boris is more than capable of doing so and they show that here.
They did a fantastic job on this record and it’s definitely something worth listening to if you get the opportunity for it, Boris fan or not.



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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
August 11th 2011



5985 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

spot on summary and rating, pos just for this. The review is good as well, although it reads like a tbt.

Please edit your review, i.e. separate a few paragraphs, so that the text will be further readable.

Digging: Lisa Gerrard - Twilight Kingdom

Ire
August 11th 2011



41753 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

rules

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
August 11th 2011



16134 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good album, but yeah... Heavy Rocks.

iFghtffyrdmns
August 11th 2011



7047 Comments


something like noise pop and shoe gaze.
sounds interesting, I'm almost considering giving this a quick listen even though I don't give a rats ass about Boris.
Just one critique, if I may:
The first thing you will probably notice about this record is that Wata does the vocals on every track here and it blends very well together with the sound that "Attention Please" has. Awa has a very soothing voice that echoes through the melodies and creates a serene experience, especially on the softer tracks.
This doesn't quite fit in where you've got it, especially the first part of that first sentence. Plus with the formatting I wasn't sure if this was supposed to be a new paragraph or not. I would just make a little change to that first sentence and combine it to that previous paragraph, so you'd have something like this:

"The album starts out with the title track also named "Attention Please" which has very smooth guitar picking and a steady drumbeat throughout the track with different obscure sounds floating in the background. It's fairly simple but it's done in a way that builds up a good atmosphere around it. Right from the opening number, the listener may pick up on the fact that Wata does the vocals on every track here and it blends very well together with the sound that "Attention Please" has. Awa has a very soothing voice that echoes through the melodies and creates a serene experience, especially on the softer tracks."

That way it just sounds like a more complete/cohesive paragraph and it's got slightly nicer flow.
There are some similar formatting issues in the 4th/5th paragraphs, where it looks like you skipped a line but I wasn't sure if you were starting a new paragraph or not. It might be worth fixing that, but the writing is still pretty good.


Anyways, nice review, it probably looks like I gave you a lot here but it's pretty minor easy stuff. Have a pos :]



DoubtGin
August 11th 2011



6748 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

shoegaze is one word, by the way

JizzInMyPants
August 12th 2011



2369 Comments


the new dir en grey better

DUM SPIRO STREET TEAM

669
August 12th 2011



7 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dum Spiro Spero is great, but it's a completely different album and two completely different bands. So I don't even see a point of comparing them.

Attention Please is not even a metal album.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
August 12th 2011



5985 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

what i really like about this is how relaxing it is.


a near perfect soundtrack for summer vacation.

Rev
August 12th 2011



9404 Comments


Boris is coming to Phoenix with Asobi Seksu and Tera Melos

THANK YOU BASED GOD

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
August 12th 2011



5985 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I am so jealous... Really...


Seeing Boris live is a thing i must do before i leave this god forsaken world...



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