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  • Summary: The latest full-length release from the Japanese noise-rock group is its first on the Third Man label.
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  1. Oct 4, 2019
    84
    The album’s two parts are apparent. It threads in-between two halves, creating a jagged tapestry of lush rock and murky chaos. Outside of that context, a person might find that LφVE & EVφL is a confounding and inconsistent experience; a chimeric monster of conflicting interests and ideas that trades blows with itself amongst a heavy backdrop of metal and noise. But to Boris devotees, it’s everything and more.
  2. Oct 4, 2019
    80
    Without being overwhelmingly expressive or boringly subtle, Boris create layered atmospheres that are equal parts beautiful and menacing.
  3. The Wire
    Nov 20, 2019
    70
    A return to form, of sorts. Shifting from the dappled sunshine warmth of the psychedelically swamped “Away From You” to the black stoner sludge orgy that is “Shadow Of Skull”, the direction guiding LφVE & EVφL twists and turns like a bucketful of electric eels. [Dec 2019, p.43]
  4. Oct 14, 2019
    60
    LφVE & EVφL offers wild and wonderful immersion, but once you're in it, you're on your own.
  5. Oct 4, 2019
    60
    Love & Evol is an uneven whole. Some of it sounds more tinkered with, more assembled than played. While there is plenty of imagination woven into these tracks, one wishes for more organic cohesion between the set's independent halves.
  6. Oct 4, 2019
    58
    These seven anemic songs find Boris becoming something new yet again—self-satisfied.
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  1. Oct 30, 2019
    1
    It is just unbearable, you cannot listen to it because it is not music but just sounds