Pink (Boris album)

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Studio album by Boris
Released November 18, 2005 (2005-11-18)
Recorded 2005 at Sound Square
Genre Hard rock, sludge metal, drone doom, stoner rock, noise rock
Length 47:23 (Diwphalanx CD version)
55:23 (Southern Lord CD version)
72:16 (LP version)
Label Diwphalanx Records (Japan)
Southern Lord Records (world) (SUNN55)
Producer Boris
Boris chronology
Boris Archive
The Thing Which Solomon Overlooked 2
Original cover
Diwphalanx Records, 2005
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 80/100 [1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [2]
Drowned in Sound (8/10) [3]
Pitchfork Media (8.7/10) [4] (favourable) [5]
Stylus C [6]

Pink is the tenth album by Japanese experimental band Boris. The album was originally released in 2005 through Diwphalanx Records in Japan and subsequently reissued in 2006 by the US label, Southern Lord Records. Upon release the album received very favorable reviews, largely for taking a more melodic and accessible direction than the band's previous work.

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.[7] Later the same month, NPR Music hosted a stream of an additional new song from the release, "SOFUN".[8] Sargent House streamed the bonus disc via their SoundCloud page the day before it was released on July 8, 2016.[9]

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.


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.[10]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "決別" ("Farewell") 7:33
2. "Pink"   4:20
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
6. "Electric"   1:45
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") 10:14
Total length:

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."[11]


  • 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


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