Boris - W
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2022 Ratings: #5 / 22
User Score
Based on 230 ratings
2022 Ratings: #16
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Arts Desk
For a band this far into their lives to be so consumed by the desire to make new and remarkable sounds – and find ways to do it – is just glorious. And so are the sounds. An instant classic.
86
Beats Per Minute

W is NO’s polar opposite in every way, and from its first moments it becomes clear that this doesn’t only break new ground, it could well be among Boris’ masterpieces – and even eclipse them.

80
Uncut

A dreamy album – and dichotomous partnership —to follow the nightmarish sounds of NO.

80
Loud and Quiet

The fitful bursts of inspiration across their 27th album W easily rank as some of their finest work in many years – and perhaps even their most accessible to newcomers.

80
Mojo

After the barely relenting heaviosity of June’s No LP, W feels like a peace offering.

75
Northern Transmissions

It’s a 180 from the in-your-face feel of NO, but W ultimately rewards patience.

75
Metal Injection

Boris super-fans will continue to experience the breadth of the trio's journey and worship accordingly. People who find that minimalism doesn't push enough air to be stimulating will likely find this to be sonic wallpaper.

70
AllMusic

Nearly spectral in its articulation, this set offers a more elegant, restrained side of Boris than we've ever encountered before.

70
Spectrum Culture

It’s an acceptance of limitations and using those confines to re-examine oneself. Boris come out of W with the same haziness as they entered it. They exit with grace, which is a logical progression after NO’s instinctual revolt.


 

64
Sputnikmusic

We’re looking at the unfortunate story of an unhatched chicken of drone here.

Doublez
77

"W" abandons the brutality of the previous "No", indulging in a particularly endearing Dream Pop waltz. This adventure is like a pilgrimage, in search of a peace that is primordial.

In addition to film/television and video game music, Boris is legitimately considered one of the pinnacles of Japanese music alongside Fishmans and Sheena Ringo. The trio, although not very popular, has built up a huge reputation, notably thanks to the multiple American re-releases. The legacy ... read more

R1v3r__
70

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ikeachair14
84

Huge W

NR

this trash is an L

TheCarioca
60

I Want to Go to the Side Where You Can Touch… - 3/5
Icelina - 4/5
Drowning by Numbers - 3/5
Invitation - 3/5
The Fallen - 3/5
Beyond Good and Evil - 3/5
Old Projector - 3/5
You Will Know (Ohayo Version) - 3/5
Jozan - 2/5

Dombot
85

Alright, first release of 2022 that I'm really excited for! And it's great! Boris rarely ever disappoints and this is no exception, Wata's vocals are shockingly beautiful and the instrumentation is much more dreamy than intense and I seriously love it. Good stuff.

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Added on: November 30, 2021