Smile - Boris
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  • Summary: The Japanese experimental group's latest album features guest musicians Michio Kurihara of Ghost and Stephen O'Malley of Sunn O))).
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  1. To call this "sunstroked desert hallucination mood music" sells it short. It actually transforms the atmosphere of the space in which it's played. [June 2008, p.132]
  2. 80
    A cover of 'Flower Sun Rain' by '70s Japanese supergroup Pyg sounds like the Super Furries, while a 16-mkinute doom jam with SunO)))'s Stephen O'Malley is as titanic as you'd hope. [May 2008, p.91]
  3. 80
    Smile finds them advancing that set melodic agenda and playful rearrangement of classic rock DNA. [June 2008, p.109]
  4. A comfortable listen, occassionally diverting, but by no means a groundbreaking album. [May 2008, p.51]
  5. While the American Smile is a worthy follow-up to Rainbow and Pink, it's the Japanese version of the album that makes it a masterpiece.
  6. While Smile may be inarguably more accessible than their previous releases, it still has enough cloaked treasures to keep the diehards interested.
  7. Though excellent in brief parts, much of the album is still worrisome, at times specifically seeming to document a band running out of steam.

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