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  • Audio CD (21 April 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B0014849D6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 201,508 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Flower Sun Rain
2. Buzz-In
3. Laserbeam
4. Statement
5. My Neighbor Satan
6. Ka Re Ha Te Ta Sa Ki
7. No Ones Grieve
8. You Were Holding An Umbrella

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Smile is an album by Japanese experimental doom band Boris and features guest musicians Michio Kurihara of Ghost and Stephen O'Malley of Sunn O))), both of whom have collaborated with Boris in the past. This release is the second Boris album to feature vocals on every track (the first, excluding any one-track albums, was Amplifier Worship). It delves more into experimental tendencies with a more manipulated sound and even experiments with samples.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amplified Man on 25 April 2008
Format: Audio CD
Yet another full length album from Boris, inbetween all the limited vinyl splits & 7"s they churn out. Has it become a sad case of quantitly over quality?
No. Boris are hugely consistent. They constantly deliver, album after album. However; they're so eclectic in style that you probably won't enjoy EVERYTHING they do. You see, if you didn't know already they operate under two personalities; BORIS (in upper case) do slow doom/drone stuff and boris (lower case) play faster, more punk influenced rock. This is most definitely a lower case album.

I'm not a huge fan of Boris' thrashy punk styled tracks and therefore I never really enjoyed Pink to it's fullest. However, with Smile they've added a bit more variation to the rocky stuff and they stand out a lot further than the barrage that Pink provided. Nothing here is quite as good as Ibitsu from Akuma No Uta though.

Strangely, Smile starts off with a cover of `Flower Sun Rain' by a Japanese band called Pyg. It's funnily enough quite melodic in the vocal department and an interesting lead off track. It starts off mellow, lo-fi and psychedelic. Somewhat surprisingly it never actually breaches into fast thrashing territory and stays quite relaxed and psychedelic over it's 7min running time which makes it one of the most enjoyable songs they've done in a while. Good starter.

Buzz-In and Laser Beam, as you'd expect could have come straight off Pink; fast, thrashy, fairly fun and enjoyable if not done to death by now. Statement is still a fast rocker but is far more dynamic and catchy than anything off Pink. Another great tune; good live too. The brief groovy breakdown riff is quality. Michio Kurihara features again on Smile as he did on Rainbow last year.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By experimusicdotcom on 28 Mar 2008
Format: Audio CD
Boris' experimentation seems slightly willful and deliberate on the first half of Smile. The second track is a reversion to Pink-era Stooges worship which doesn't reach the heights of the best of that album, but works in Smile's context. Then we get a kind of War Pigs-esque introduction with streaking guitar soloing between heavy staccato riffing and then it's into another blown-out punkish song that gets mutated into a Merzbowian rampage briefly, complete with high speed stereo panning, a leitmotif of the album, before the song reasserts itself for a minute and then collapses back into a pit of feedback which peels back to reveal a lilting lullaby.
Familiar from the recent collaboration with Merzbow Rock Dream, track 4 is the Pyg cover Flower Sun Rain, which is a beautiful song that Boris treats pretty reverently (I heard the original recently courtesy of the internet) but updates effectively with a classic soaring Wata (Boris' lady guitarist) solo and improved post-60s vocals (i.e. not waifish or feeble sounding). It ends nicely with a cappella harmonized singing. 'My Neighbour Satan', is marred somewhat by nasally, kind of emo vocals, but mixes things up with a liquid guitar sound that drips through the heavy riffing and more traditional rock drumming. The track takes three major dog-legs into bombastic, shoegazer territory twice and finally into a blistering hard core song after a false ending. No One Grieves Part 2, the best song from the Things Solomon Overlooked series of vinyl, reappears on 'Smile' with added vocals and minus a minute's worth of purling chords at the beginning. The vocals actually detract from the song, which is such a powerful, original artistic manifesto. Propulsive drumming wills things forward and one epic 7 minute solo screams above raging guitar distortion.
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Smile, it's Boris... 10 April 2013
By Jared J - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Boris has always been heavier than thou but on 'Smile' Boris take an opportunity to shift their direction slightly. Incorporating stronger vocals and minimal electronics, including beats. Boris take us on a more experimental ride, although not in the noise sense. The songs are often moody, and depressive and include vocals in odd positions. That's not to say there are not heavy tracks, as 'Kare Hateta Saki' proves, the psychedelic guitar and heavy riffs are still very present.. But they are layered with in depth vocals and a more pop-oriented feel. This one may take time to wear on you, but if you give it that chance you will find the aural pleasure in yet another fantastic Boris album.
Boris Rocks! 19 Jan 2014
By M. Dow - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I love everything that they've done so far. I hope that they keep it together for a long long time.
Too much compression. 11 Oct 2012
By Crank - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I like Boris. I saw them with Nine Inch Nails and they sounded great. Heard a few of their albums before that and then I went to hear some of their older stuff and was surprised to learn these guys compress their records within a millimeter of their life. Who would have thought this band out of all bands is trying to win the loudness war. I know they like loud but I would have thought they wanted all their dynamics too. Well, there are none on this record as it is up there with Death Magnetic in loudness.

Album isn't too bad but it's not something I would put on a whole lot and I really cannot listen to it loud which makes it useless in many ways. Oh well. I love Boris but their music is pretty awful in the mastering department.
Best cover! 24 Aug 2011
By Surferofromantica - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
All Music says that this version of Smile is better than the US version in the quality of the mixes, as well as the versions. Granted the packaging is better - while the US version is a regular CD with a picture of an airplane and nothing special about it, the Japanese version is packed in floppy plastic and sponge, with a transparent heart window. Nice. Opening song "Message" is weird drum machines with some soprano vocals, and bursts of squealing guitar. "Buzz In" starts off with baby sounds, probably from Wata and Atsuo's daughter Yema, then become a regular blasting rocker. "Let Go" is all over the place with strange abrasive guitar sounds and more drum machine weirdness, ending with pretty acoustic guitar. "Flower Sun Rain" sounds similar to the version that opens the US release. "My Neighbour Satan" sounds like a pop song from Spitz, while "Karehatetasaki" is a monster rocker that is full of sound and buzz and pounds on unrelentingly. "You Were Holding An Umbrella" gets off to a mellow start for the first four and a half minutes before fading out and coming back in a big way with really BIG feedback and noise.............

Boris released a double live album of this song, with the same spongy cover but in grey.
This is a great album! 31 July 2014
By Carlmfisher - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I'm not sure why this album is so cheap to buy. I got it from Southern Lord for $1.00!
Its awesome. It has a really eclectic bunch of songs on it as you might expect. No two songs sound the same, and the last track has a guest appearance by the mighty Steve O)))Malley. Totally worth it if you dig Boris.
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