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Attention Please

May 24, 2011 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: May 24, 2011
  • Release Date: May 24, 2011
  • Label: Sargent House
  • Total Length: 41:16
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B004XO19PO
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,972 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

I think Wata does a better job.
Surferofromantica
Regardless, despite the different characteristics in the music, Boris has retained their ability to create music with a clear sense of mood and environment.
Go Go Gadget Onion
Most of it feels like a wash of forgettable sound as the songs aren't all that memorable or interesting.
Draven

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 24, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Boris, who are well known as masters of the heavier-than-you-think-possible guitar-noise genre, are forced out of their comfort zone, quite probably by vocalist Wata's desire to branch out. As in breathy ballads and atmospherically shifting soundstages and 12-string guitars. This is a moody mostly-electric masterpiece. For the very small proportion of the population who qualify as "audiophiles" and care about acoustic quality in recordings, it's a double masterpiece; the quality of the sound on this one is diamonds all over. The fact that it's all in Japanese which I don't understand limits the scope of my emotional reactions; too bad.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Surferofromantica on June 11, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Boris has released four discs this year: they put out Klatter (February 23rd), New Album (March 16th), and on May 24th they put out both Heavy Rocks (2011) and Attention Please. I guess they are making up for a relatively quiet three years - since the Smile madness of 2008, they've mainly only released and co-released singles, as well as an EP with Ian Ashbury of the Cult. But if you take away all of the covers on these four albums (one) and re-recordings of older songs (four), or the doubling of songs across two releases (seven songs appear twice across three of these discs), it's more like 23 songs instead of the 35 that are listed on these four releases. Yes, very confusing. But that's Boris.

This is the heavily-anticipated all-Wata-vocals Boris CD, where she sings every song except for the acoustic instrumental "Aileron". Maybe having Wata sing on all the songs isn't such a novelty, though, since by the time of this release she has actually already sung on 12 songs since she debuted with "Rainbow" in 2006 (and they've released four versions of that song over the years, including two live songs). There were four on "New Album", one on "Altar", four on the "Japanese Heavy Rock Hits" EP series (including the cover of Earth & Fire's "Seasons"), and she also sang the cover of the Cult's "Rain" on BXI.

Five of the songs on this release have appeared previously, most of them on "New Music" (Hope", "Party Boy", "Les Paul Custom `86' and "Spoon"), but one appeared on the "Golden Dance Classics" split with disco funk outfit 9dw ("Tokyo Wonder Land") in 2009. Opening song "Attention Please" starts off with bass and drum, then some squeaky guitar from Michio Kurihara, before Wata's vocals come in moaning and groaning.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Mutt VINE VOICE on May 25, 2012
Format: Vinyl
This is not shoegazer, sludge, doom, metal, pop, folktronica, or whatever. It's Boris. People keep forgetting that Boris is basically the Japanese Melvins, meaning they don't care what you think or what you want. In fact, telling them what you want to hear is tantamount to giving them an idea for a concept album that is exactly NOT what you asked for. So complaining that this isn't Heavy Rocks version 7.3 is only going to encourage them to annoy you further.

With that said, I like that Boris can't sit still in their little pigeonhole that fans and detractors have built for them. I like that Feedbacker, Flood, Pink, et al are exactly the same in that they are nothing alike. And I like the idea of a band that can pretty much crush any genre and repeatedly defy the meaning of the word "genre" every time they do it.

Oh, but you want to hear about this album, right? Okay... In the great pantheon of Boris albums, Attention Please gains the notorious distinction of being the only Boris album I can play for friends and relatives without being glared at and mocked for my horrible taste in music. This is unfortunate. Consequently I have to listen to it when I'm alone, to enjoy its splendor outside of the company of others. Sorry friends, but when I'm around the only Boris you get is the stuff you don't like. And that's the gist of how good this is.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Ricciuti on February 28, 2012
Format: Audio CD
I was surprised to find that this album had an average rating of three stars on Amazon, because I think it's a great piece of work. For comparison, Metallica's "St. Anger" also has an average rating of three stars. I'll let that sink in.

Furthermore, the two one-star reviews offered by this page are very flawed, to say the least. One of them is written by that jokester, "dinosaur-shaped car" or whatever, and the other one, while apparently sincere, makes the outrageous and misleading claim that there is "no guitar to speak of" on "Attention Please". I'm curious about what would qualify as interesting guitar work to that guy. I'm listening to the haunting lead parts on "See You Next Week" as I write this, and I think they're strange, beautiful and certainly noteworthy. Distorted guitar prettiness like that abounds on "Attention Please", in fact.

What I suppose you ought to know about this record is that it's very restrained, by Boris' standards at least, and the closest they've ever gotten to making Pop music. A good word to describe it is "muted". There's still lots of noise and weirdness to be found, but it underlies the songs rather than defining them. On an album like "Pink", that stuff is overwhelming, but here it's in the background. Rest assured, that background is a vast one thanks to the album's "big, empty room"-style production. It's reminiscent of the first half of "Neu! '75" in that sense. A lot of the songs burn slowly, but have highly distorted, Doom-esque bass guitar playing lumbering underneath them like a sleeping behemoth, whereas the faster songs, like "Spoon", closely resemble contemporary Shoegaze music ("Neo-shoegaze?" I guess that's what they call it).

All in all, what we're dealing with here is another ambitious, genre-defying work from Boris, a band whose talent and creativity allows them to continue to conquer unmarked territory.
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