Fricke's Picks: Boris on 45


You need a turntable to hear what Boris, the Tokyo superfuzz trio, mean by "heavy" and "hits" on Japanese Heavy Rock Hits (Southern Lord), a series of three seven-inch singles, each with its own subtitle. "8" is a side of high-speed savagery and one of guitar scuzz and bubblegum mantra. The industrial crunch across both halves of "H.M.A. — Heavy Metal Addict" will be solace to those mourning the live retirement of Nine Inch Nails. "16:47:52" is simply schizo: a bare-strum ballad and a full wall of drone and vocal sigh. No hits then. But lots of heavy.

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David Fricke

Rolling Stone senior writer David Fricke has more than 10,000 albums in his New York apartment. His first record review for the magazine was Frank Zappa's 'Sheik Yerbouti' (RS 290).

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