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Boris - Smile (Japan) (IMPORT) (CD)

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Origin: Japan
Released: 2008
Catalog number: PX 173
Amazing one of a kind packaging: yellow foam with a die-cut heart!

With Smile, the three-piece opts to focus more on their more rock-oriented side, keeping the the drone and doom of past releases to a minimum. Smile's a dense, thick album, and while the writing overall is more accessible than some of their past work, you could spend days trying to peel back all the layers. While the mainstream adulation oils the gears of the hype machine, the music's the engine. Smile may occasionally show the mileage of the band, but it's still running smoothly.

Be prepared for a Boris like no other. Takeshi, Wata, and Atsuo have created a meld of the drone and electronica.

If Wata isn't one of underground rock's most underrated guitarists, I don't know who is; she'll peel your face by layers with her off-the-radar strumming, sonic paintbrushes and wailing string tugs. Wata has a tendency at times to recreate ancient Shinto lines through amplified regurgitation, whereas mostly she simply crushes everything in her way through her Orange stack. Of course, Takeshi's no slouch himself on his two-pronged bass, which accounts for a large portion of Boris' thunder, Atsuo's blaster caster drumming notwithstanding. The thing with Smile is that it's so damned good you don't get everything on the first listen, so this will undoubtedly be locked on repeat in your player. Boris has done for underground sludge, doom and garage rock what their influences such as Blue Cheer and Atomic Rooster did subtly in the late sixties, which is to move the style forward and make a difference upon it while remaining pure.