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CD REVIEW: Boris “Attention Please”

Japanese experimental band Boris, famous amongst fans for constantly changing their musical style, has released three new albums in 2011. Attention Please was the last of the three, the seventeenth studio album in total and the first to feature guitarist/vocalist Wata’s vocals on every track.

Attention Please opens with the title track presenting a moody atmosphere- a metronomic drum beat with muted bass and synth, sharp guitar for texture and startlingly clear vocals. The song culminates with the addition of a psychedelically-styled guitar that bends and twists under Wata’s soft words. “Hope” begins more aggressively and an unsettling yet uplifting chorus of strings rises out of the murky guitar and bass, further enhancing the softness of the vocals.