Boris - Attention Please
In so many ways, Boris is the type of band to which all others strive. It's a precious few who have the confidence, ability, and balls to spill themselves in every desired direction. Many bands want you to believe that they’ve achieved the same level of expressive nirvana as Boris but so few actually exist within that wonderful ignorance of selfish indulgence. It not only takes talent but also a will to create what is genuine in the moment, regardless of fan base or label. So it has come to be expected that every Boris release will be unique, experimental, and the impossible coalescence of three musicians’ visions. Attention Please and its companion album Heavy Rocks are, of course, no exception and once again serve as the final product of a romp through Boris’s expansive, evolving playground.
Attention Please establishes itself where typical pop music resides then pours blood over the whole fucking fashion show like a Chris Hargensen prom. Throughout the album, Wata slinks and serenades her way over the tracks as the only provider of vocals on the entire record. It’s a calculated and brilliant decision. Her casual, sometimes breathy, vocals make no attempts to hide their intended seduction and subsequent suffocation of the listener. There is a clear femininity to Attention Please but not the nurturing or shy kind. The effeminate personality of the record is the conniving kind; the angry deceiving succubus that tempts only to disarm. Wata is malicious but in a far more subtle way than, say, Julie Christmas. She’s your slightly disturbed guide through her checkered wall manor on the Boris estate and, when you’ve finally followed her all the way to the cellar, to the still calm of a woman’s dangerous grace: the album lunges and demands you adhere to its name.
Just as all Boris releases are unique from their siblings, so is Attention Please from its twin brother Heavy Rocks. This album explores the pop element of Boris to its farthest region and presents what mutated cadaver remains after the rigorous forty-one minute science project. Attention Please gets what it’s after while seemingly making a statement about the mad scramble for the spotlight and what can be poured over you once you’re under it.
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