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  • Summary: Originally intended as the last album for the Japanese experimental metal band, but they came out of the recording studio with three albums worth of material.
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  1. Jul 13, 2017
    86
    Boris doesn't have any obligation to still be putting out records this captivating, but Dear most certainly captivates, and it has me excited for 25 more years of Boris.
  2. Mojo
    Jul 25, 2017
    80
    One seriously heavyweight record, even by Boris' far-reaching standards. [Sep 2017, p.92]
  3. Kerrang!
    Jul 13, 2017
    80
    Dear has generated a resurrection, or at least a strengthening of their life force; its creation inspired Boris to continue, turning what was supposed to be a goodbye into a forceful restating of this remarkable band's existence. [1 Jul 2017, p.50]
  4. The Wire
    Aug 9, 2017
    80
    Dear is pervaded by a deep melancholy, but of a sweet, lovelorn kind, a looking back and a bitter-sweet attitude. Who knows if it’ll be their last record. If this is the case, it’s certainly a fitting send-off. [Aug 2017, p.49]
  5. Jul 13, 2017
    73
    The new album finds Boris honing in on their most essential quality: their ability to wrest a kind of endless subtlety from thick layers of distortion and volume.
  6. Jul 26, 2017
    70
    Dear is a complete doom album in its own right, and a very intruiging one, encapsulating all the treats of the genre through compelling songwriting and powerful progression.
  7. Jul 13, 2017
    60
    Ultimately, at a drone-heavy run-time of over an hour, Dear isn't much of a fun prospect for a summer album.

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