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  • Audio CD (30 May 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sargent House
  • ASIN: B004OOJP90
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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CD Digipak, Vinyl Gatefold LP with poster. Iconoclast Japanese trio Boris are widely known for their ability to breach styles and stretch sonic boundaries of all that is heavy, psychedelic, droning and downright cathartic. But, Attention Please is more like a complete redefining of their potential in several ways. First and foremost, it is the first album on which all vocals are sung by lead guitarist, Wata. While she has previously sung on a couple of songs for singles and her own solo recordings, the entire 10-song album features her intimate, multifaceted vocal style. Secondly, the songs on Attention Please have a sultry, intoxicating catchiness to them. It's melodic without sounding pop. It's psychedelic without sounding dated. It's heavy without relying on barre chord riffs. The album opening title track begins with a pulsing kick drum as hushed, seething guitar and bass slither across the beat. Wata's cooing vocals drop in like a whispered warning of treachery to come in the threadbare musical landscape. "Hope" bursts forth like Sonic Youth on a detuned pop jangle, while "Les Paul Custom '86" sounds like a beautifully mutated hybrid of Serge Gainsbourg's playful "Ford Mustang" and the brooding intensity of The XX. Throughout, Attention Please sounds vaguely akin to Technical Ecstacy-era Black Sabbath covering Tangerine Dream. Attention Please came to be following Boris touring the world in 2008 in support of their last album, Smile. The trio set about recording new material and a new album was completed, then abandoned. The band sought to challenge themselves further, and the end results are two new albums of dramatic growth and the most powerful extension to Boris' unparalleled creativity, Attention Please and the all new Heavy Rocks - 2011 (not to be mistaken for their earlier release, Heavy Rocks 2002). Boris formed in the early 90s as a four piece just-for-fun endeavor with the sonic template of influences like Melvins and Earth. By the time of its 1996 debut as a trio Absolutego (later released in the US via Southern Lord in 2000), Boris had already hit its stride in creating unique ground-rattling heavy, melodic music. The group, bassist/vocalist Takeshi, guitarist/vocalist Wata and drummer/vocalist Atsuo went on to release nearly 20 studio albums, as well as numerous collaborative albums -- including projects with Merzbow, Sunn0))), Ian Astbury and Michio Kurihara of Ghost (who also currently tours with the band as second guitarist) -- EPs and singles on various labels throughout the world. For a further in-depth band history and discography, please see HERE.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 July 2011
Format: Audio CD
Boris are a Japanese ensemble who have existed in some form
or another since 1996 and 'Attention Please' would appear to
be their seventeenth album (and the first I have encountered).

There are ten tracks in the collection and although the band
have been described as "experimental" by those with more
experience in the listening world than I, there seems to be
very little here which would require a degree to understand.

A lady called Wata (we are not permitted to know the band members'
full names) sings and plays guitar and appears to be the designated
heart and soul of the project. It is not a voice which communicates
wide dynamic range and variation. In fact Ms Wata seems to
have made every effort to drain any trace of colour from her
vocal performances and this suits the music very well indeed.

Boris are essentially a grunt-and-grunge rock band with electronic
add-ons. They can sound down and dirty ('Party Boy') in one moment
and lost in dreamy-dreamy land in the next ('You'). The choked
guitar lines of 'Les Paul Custom 86', coming in to land at
just over two minutes, have a certain chaotic charm and the
bloated cut-and-paste noise-fest of 'Tokyo Wonder Land' manages
to squeeze an almost funky rhythm out of the shattered shards
of its constituent parts but neither are terribly easy on the ear.

Final track 'Hand In Hand' finds Ms Wata and her Bohemian cohorts struggling
for breath beneath the folds of their king-size sonic duvet. The pain is palpable!

The stylish denizens of downtown Harajuku will doubtless love them.

At Your Own Risk.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ED-209 on 14 July 2011
Format: Audio CD
Previous reviewer 'The Wolf' seems unfamiliar with Boris' work and to follow their comments I'd say that this isn't really representative of their oeuvre (Pink is probably the best place to start). Other albums see them explore garage rock, thrash metal, drone and doom but this album sees Wata take lead the vocal role for the first time and with it comes a softer poppier sound than found on previous albums. Electronics make an appearance too, among the fuzzy guitars. A number of the tracks are memorable and catchy, 'Attention Please' and Party Boy in particular, while others lull and drift in a more shoegazey style. Overall, a nicely varied and consistently enjoyable album.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Masterpiece 25 May 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Wata sings and sings and sings 11 Jun. 2011
By Surferofromantica - Published on Amazon.com
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. It sounds like something Julee Cruise might have been a part of for a David Lynch project. "Hope" is a sweet, light hit that is a bit sparsely-produced compared to its companion on "New Album". "Party Boy" starts off with groovy bass hits, it's a sweet pop song, but again it's a stripped-down version of the one on "New Album", which has a hyperdrive chorus. "See You Next Week" is sweet and airy and seems to be only Wata's voice, a teeny weeny bit of guitar, and some peculiar background percussion. "Tokyo Wonder Land" is a sparse little song that has a basic best, some pretty Wata vocals, and then an absolutely screeching solo. The "Golden Dance Classics" version is less slick, a bit noisier, and has Takeshi singing, the solo is duller, and there are hardly any lyrics at all except "na na na, na na na, naaaaaaaa". I think Wata does a better job. "You" is a sleepy song, kind of like "The Sinking Belle" from Altar, Shinobu Narita (whoever he is) appears on this track. Slow and sleepy. "Aileron" is a short instrumental bit played on acoustic guitar, it has a bit of a Spanish flamenco sound to it - it is played by Eiji Hashizume - it's possible that no Boris members appear on this track. "Les Paul Custom `86' is an experimental song that has occasional heavy bass chords (nice), and Wata's singing, which is sometime sung, sometimes spoken, sometimes whispered, and brief phrases of Takeshi's vocals as well. There are sound effects too, like car revving, and coughing. Goofy. The "New Album" version has stronger Takeshi vocals, more electronics, and no heavy bass chords, but there's vocal manipulation and coughing and some fake strings - sparse. "Spoon" is a fun pop rocker, although without the keyboard treatment on its "New Album" version it's a bit less than what it should be. Album closer "Hand in Hand" is guitar, sound effects and voice, it's spooky and a bit scary!

The packaging is okay. There are lots of pictures of Wata - which is what male fans of Boris have probably been dreaming about forever - but she's dressed up in some sort of weird 1920s flapper outfit with a pageboy haircut holding a wand and posing with some sort of black a shawl. Lyrics. Yawn.

Attention Please was a manga in the 1970s, it was about airline stewardesses. More recently it's been made into a TV series. Here's an image of the poster for that series.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Five stars for being a Boris album 26 May 2012
By R. Mutt - Published on Amazon.com
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.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Don't Listen to the Detractors 28 Feb. 2012
By L. Ricciuti - Published on Amazon.com
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Attention Please 25 Feb. 2013
By Go Go Gadget Onion - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Vinyl
This album is something of an anomaly in the Boris catalog. Wata's vocals (on nearly every track) and the relatively soft instrumental accompaniment make it quite a bit different from almost all the other entries in their discography (its closest relatives being "New Album" and their collaborative album with Michio Kurihara "Rainbow").

Regardless, despite the different characteristics in the music, Boris has retained their ability to create music with a clear sense of mood and environment. Where earlier albums focused more on doom and drone metal and overwhelming build ups, "Attention Please" is more tied to conventional sensibilities and structures. In that sense, "Attention Please" is, in a sense, an experimental effort from a band that's spent quite a great deal of time at the other end of the music spectrum. And while this is certainly a rewarding venture into the realm of indie rock/pop, it can be easy to see why it would be confusing or off-putting to fans of Boris' heavier side.
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