Pink (Boris album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 18, 2005 (2005-11-18)
Recorded2005 at Sound Square
Length47:23 (Diwphalanx CD version)
55:23 (Southern Lord CD version)
72:16 (LP version)
LabelDiwphalanx Records (Japan)
Southern Lord Records (world) (SUNN55)
Sargent House Records (deluxe)
Boris chronology
Boris Archive
The Thing Which Solomon Overlooked 2
Original cover
Diwphalanx Records, 2005
Diwphalanx Records, 2005

Pink is the tenth album by Japanese experimental music band Boris. It was originally released in 2005 through Diwphalanx Records in Japan and subsequently reissued in 2006 by American label Southern Lord Records. The album received favorable reviews, particularly for incorporating more melody into the band's abrasive sound.

The original version of the album released in Japan in 2005 presents itself with a different cover (shown on the right side), track names, and length. All of these elements were subsequently modified on the first reissue of the album. The album's length was extended significantly on the LP version of the album. Additionally, a music video was shot for the title track which was limited to 100 copies on DVD. Since then, the music video has been included in the limited edition of the album Smile, also published by Southern Lord.

An expanded reissue of the album using the original Japanese filled stencil-style art was announced for worldwide release by Sargent House on May 9, 2016, simultaneously debuting new track "Are You Ready" from its bonus disc.[3] Later the same month, NPR Music hosted a stream of an additional new song from the release, "SOFUN".[4] Sargent House streamed the bonus disc via their SoundCloud page the day before it was released on July 8, 2016.[5]

The full-length version of the track "Farewell" from the vinyl edition appears on Boris / Variations + Live in Japan. It was also re-recorded for the collaborative studio album with Merzbow, Gensho.


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Metacritic80/100 [6]
Review scores
AllMusic5/5 stars [7]
Drowned in Sound(8/10) [8]
Pitchfork Media(8.7/10) [9] [10]
StylusC [11]

Critical response to Pink has been positive. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 80, based on 13 reviews.[12]

Track listing[edit]

1."決別" ("Farewell")7:33
3."スクリーンの女" ("Woman on the Screen")2:38
4."別になんでもない" ("Nothing Special")2:17
5."ブラックアウト" ("Blackout")4:49
7."偽ブレッド" ("Pseudo-Bread")4:29
8."ぬるい炎" ("Afterburner")4:22
9."6を3つ" ("Six, Three Times")2:53
10."My Machine"2:01
11."俺を捨てたところ" ("Just Abandoned Myself"; 18:14 on English version)10:14
Total length:47:23

Southern Lord CD[edit]

Vinyl version[edit]

2016 Deluxe version[edit]

First disc is identical to the Southern Lord CD release, and the first two discs of the LP are identical to the previous vinyl versions.

The LP of this disc splits the track list between "Room Noise" and "Talisman."[13]


  • Takeshi – vocals, bass, guitar
  • Atsuo – drums, percussion
  • Wata – guitar, effects
  • Stephen O'Malley – design (LP version)
  • The Lord – A&R (reissue)
  • Blake & Durer – Artwork (reissue)
  • P.C.B. – Design (reissue)
  • Fangs Anal Satan – artwork
  • Produced by Boris
  • Mixed and mastered by Souichirou Nakamura

Pressing history[edit]

Year Label Format Country Out of Print? Notes
2005 Diwphalanx CD Japan No Some copies featured a die-cut sleeve around the jewel box
2005 Diwphalanx 2xLP Japan Yes Ltd. 500. Deluxe 2xLP featuring a die-cut "stencil" cover and extended cuts of "Pseudo-Bread", "My Machine", "Farewell" and "Just Abandoned Myself"; different track listing
2006 Southern Lord CD US Yes Different cover from Japanese pressing; has same audio overall as the Japanese CD apart from featuring the same extended cut of "Just Abandoned Myself" as the Japanese 2xLP. The cover art features pictures by the poet and artist William Blake depicting Satan from his illustrations to John Milton's Paradise Lost. The album also comes with three paintings of devil imagery on sheets of what resembles perforated "blotter paper," usually associated with LSD. Also, the misspelling of 'abandoned' to 'abondoned' on the album sleeve and online MP3 tagging seems to be intended.
2006 Southern Lord 2xLP US Yes Ltd. 6000. Pressed on 180g pink marble (2000), clear pink (2000) and black vinyl (2000); has same audio overall as the Japanese 2xLP; same cover art as the US CD
2007 Southern Lord 2xLP US Yes Ltd. 2000. Pressed on 180g icy pink (1000) and deep red (1000); has same audio overall as the Japanese 2xLP; same cover art as the US CD


  1. ^ "Beginner's Guide: Boris". Treblezine. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Boris Reissue Pink With Bonus Album, Share "Are You Ready": Listen". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2016-07-05.
  4. ^ "Viking's Choice: Boris, 'SOFUN'". NPR Music. Retrieved 2016-07-05.
  5. ^ "Boris - Pink "Forbidden Songs" by Sargent House". SoundCloud. Retrieved 2016-07-07.
  6. ^
  7. ^ Review of "Pink" on
  8. ^ Review of "Pink" on Drowned in
  9. ^ Review of "Pink" on Pitchfork Media
  10. ^ Review of "Pink" on Spin Magazine
  11. ^ Review of "Pink" on Stylus Magazine
  12. ^ "Boris:Pink (2006): Reviews". Metacritic. CNET Networks, Inc. Retrieved 2009-03-19.
  13. ^ "Pink Deluxe 12" Triple LP". Sargent House Hellomerch Store. Retrieved 2016-07-05.

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