The massively anticipated follow-up to "You Forgot It In People," the Canadian cult BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE deliver an amazing new LP, filled with monumental songs layered with huge choruses, symphonic arrangements to compliment their many instruments and vocalists, and the intimate/experimental/hooky sound that makes their headphone and rock-out appeal a 2-pronged-force to be reckoned with. This is NON LIMITED VERSION of Self Titled release.
Bands that draw musicians from other well-known acts are called "supergroups." Broken Social Scene is a supercollective. Ranging from five to 17 members, the Toronto-based outfit includes musicians from Stars, Metric, and many other bands, as well as the up-and-coming Leslie Feist. Frontmen Kevin Drew (formerly of Do Make Say Think
) and Brendan Canning (By Divine Right, Len
) founded BSS in 1999 and their mission has stayed constant: take a deep love of indie rock and expand on that by making experimental mini-symphonies. Their latest work is not so much a series of songs as it is a musical mood. The infectious cacophony comes through immediately, opening with a rapidly-expanding collection of xylophones and trombones that create Burt Bacharach
-style instrumental jaunts, while Kevin Drew's vocals whisper through the melodic mayhem. Notable tracks--from the rhythmic "Fire Eye'd Boy," to the gorgeously floaty "Major Label Debut," to "Ibi Dreams of Pavement" (featuring rapper K-Os)--have two elements in common: all feature expansive melodies and all have vocals consciously (sometimes annoyingly) buried quite low in the mix. However, the CD's highlight (and disc-closer), "It's All Gonna Break," holds the key to BSS's beauty; it's simultaneously far-reaching and uplifting, a near-perfect 10 minutes of music. The limited edition version
of this release also contains a seven-song EP filled with some of the dropped songs and an alternative version of "Major Label Debut". --Denise Sheppard