Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. May 27, 2011
    90
    Attention Please makes them into something more profound: an often puzzling albeit enthralling and super-malleable "fuck you" to the safety of classification.
  2. May 25, 2011
    88
    For anyone bored of being bored of being bored, strap this one on and ride away.
  3. Nov 22, 2011
    80
    Affirms that Boris can bench-press myriad weighty sub-genres in their sleep. [Aug. 2011, p. 92]
  4. 80
    Attention Please is the first to feature just guitarist Wata on vocals. Her breathlessly beautiful singing style calls to mind classic Stereolab on the title track and one of My Bloody Valentine's more sublime moments on 'Hope'.
  5. 80
    Here, the band focuses on building atmosphere and creating interesting soundscapes rather than high-volume noise. This is rare: quiet Boris.
  6. May 24, 2011
    80
    Farther into the cosmos is sister record Attention Please, the least "metal" thing the band have released to date, which focuses on icy rhythms and smoky moods, as if they're slinking up alongside the xx.
  7. Jul 1, 2011
    71
    Heavy Rocks arrives in the marketplace along with Attention Please, a lower-key companion album that showcases the coolly resigned singing of lead guitarist Wata. Surprised? Don't be.
  8. May 20, 2011
    71
    Attention Please at least offers something fresh for Boris.
  9. May 27, 2011
    70
    Attention Please could not be further away from Heavy Rocks. The album is characterized by elegant violin, delicate vocals and dreamy guitar distortion.
  10. May 25, 2011
    70
    Attention Please, with its quieter strangeness and its refusal to play down the middle where the guitar and drums will go -- in effect, its skirting around heavy music -- is a much more interesting place for the band to go.
  11. May 23, 2011
    70
    In sum, Attention Please, with Wata's haunting vocals at the fore, is the most unusual and easily approachable recording on Boris' shelf, if not its best.
  12. May 24, 2011
    67
    It doesn't always hold the attention that its title demands, but it makes for a sweet, icy dessert after Heavy Rocks' rib-sticking meatiness.
  13. If nothing else, Attention Please proves Boris can do this softer pop-informed rock, but ultimately it holds more untapped potential than success.
  14. Jun 8, 2011
    65
    It's poppy, it's quirky, but it's also shrouded in forebodingness and unease. When the group achieves that sort of balance, AttentionPlease is close to perfect. The album fails when there is too much dance, too much party.
  15. Aug 17, 2011
    60
    Attention Please is more of a shuffle than a giant leap forward, leaving the feeling that we've been here before. [Jul 2011, p.44]
  16. Jun 30, 2011
    60
    Unlike previous output, the ten tracks on Attention Please are slick, synthesized, almost club-ready vamps (or at least that seems to be their aspiration). The affect may be intentional but for the most part I found them to be drowsy, forgettable, head-nodding throwaways with at least a passable amount of textural variety but very little in the way of memorable song-writing.
  17. Jun 28, 2011
    60
    Attention Please sits at the softer end of the spectrum, a melodic set showcasing the sultry vocals of guitarist Wata. [Jul 2011, p.79]
  18. May 26, 2011
    60
    The USP of Attention Please lies in Wata, Boris' lead guitarist: she sings on each of the album's ten songs, the first time a Boris full-length has been entirely female-voiced.
  19. Nov 3, 2011
    50
    Attention Please offers a full-length extension of Boris' more pop-oriented material, except with petite guitarist Wata lending her narcotic coo to its shoegaze reveries ("Spoon") and cinematic passages ("See You Next Week").

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