As I previously mentioned in my “Top 5 Tracks to make you NOT hate Japanese Music” Boris are an amazingly versatile band. They have proven this to be fact with the release of their 14th studio album “Smile”. Anyone who knows anything about the band knows that they often genre hop from existential melodic epics to short snappy popish songs. “Smile” is a nice merge of experimental melodies with the use of drum machines and samples along side the band and an easier listening rock feel.
The band themselves mentioned in “Terrorizer” Magazine that “Smile” is their “un-cool album” or “sell out album”.
No one would blame you if you thought the same. Previous albums including “Drone Evil: Final”“Soundtrack from film “Mabuta no Ura” and (a fictional film, used only as a premise to inspire the album) were largely concept driven, and in the case of Drone Evil draggy and often boring.
Smile opens with what sounds it is to be a typical “post-metal” track but breaks at a possible minute in into something a bit Beatles-esque. “Flower, Sun, Rain” is a mix of pitchy solo’s, Pink Floyd vocals and bassy lows. This is very much the feeling of the album.
In true Boris fashion “Smile” ends with a signature piece. A 15 minute epic harking back to previous albums. I am satisfied with the album, correct that more that satisfied. This is easily one of my favourite albums of ’08 and again thanks to Boris’ versatility, an album that I think deserves a listen from even the closed of music fans. If I worked with stars here at the Babble Tower then It’d easily be a 7 out 5. I never was good with counting.