The mighty Boris return, a bit softer around the edges but that doesn't mean the band is pulling any punches. Smile, their official follow-up to Pink is the first non-collaborative release the band have put out in over two years: recently shacking up with Michio Kurhara, Merzbow and Sunn o))). However, just because they don't share the marquee with another artist this time around, doesn't mean they're exactly going it alone. Both Sunn o)))'s Stephen O'Mally and Kurihara show up on Smile's tracks and, in a brilliant turn of events the album's production was helmed by White Heaven's Hiroshi Ishihara; one of Japan's true sonic innovators. The first impression of Smile is that its in no way as up front and brash as Pink, but this brings out Boris' other true strength, mixing tenuous beauty with cataclysmic fire in equal measure. Smile is only the band's second album to feature vocals all the way through and they really expand their vision through many of the vocal passages, like the wrenching, oceanic album closers "You Put Up Your Umbrella Pt. 1 & 2". It may catch some Boris fans by surprise, but I think most will find it a pleasant one indeed.
[MP3] Boris - Message
[MP3] Boris - Next Saturn
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