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2010 release, the first Broken Social Scene record following the acclaimed Broken Social Scene Presents series. As a core six-piece who had spent most of 2007 and 2008 on the road, Drew, Canning, Spearin, Whiteman, Goldberg and Peroff spent early 2009 working on new material in Toronto. The pairing down of the band's massive personnel list for the first time proved extremely fruitful; they created spacious songs written as a band by a band, resulting in more cohesive, melody-driven compositions than previous BSS output. Recording both in Toronto and Chicago, and working with producer John McEntire, they found a fresh perspective on their own sound. The album features guest turns by BSS alumni: Leslie Feist, Amy Millan and Evan Cranley of Stars, Emily Haines and Jimmy Shaw of Metric, Jason Collett, Ohad Benchetrit of Do Make Say Think and Years, John Crossingham, Marty Kinack, Leon Kingstone and Julie Penner.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 4, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD-ROM
  • Label: Arts & Crafts
  • ASIN: B003BZXI2I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,468 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Andrew Vice on May 4, 2010
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Not a fan of song-by-song reviews, so I'll keep this brief. Anybody who is a fan of Broken Social Scene knows that their records are a true stylistic mash. You hear a little bit of everything from BSS, but they're always tight and on-point when writing songs. The musicians are all talented players, so you can always count on a well-performed record, but Forgiveness is the first BSS album in a long while to scale back the band, and frankly, I think it benefits from that. Forgiveness recalls the genius of You Forgot It In People, with songs like All to All summoning the heartfelt melodrama of one of BSS's best songs, Anthems of a Seventeen Year-Old Girl. True to BSS form, the album is a blend of pop songwriting and extended instrumental jamming, and as always, the songs are pertinent, topical, and sincere. Another great record for 2010, without a doubt, and the best BSS album in quite a while.
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Forgiveness Rock Record is what music should sound like. I am not speaking about the genre, the vocal talent, or even the choice of instruments and song structure. They have taken eveything beautiful about their past releases, and illuminated it in every way imaginable.

(Feel Good Lost was and instrumental mind trip that showed a lot of potential. You Forgot It In People was just as trippy but with lyrics and emotion that made it possible to sit through multiple listens. It even had gems like Cause=Time, Almost Crimes, and the eerie, yet unforgetable Anthems. Broken Social Scene (ST) was all over the place, and not exactly in a good way. It felt rushed and tried way to hard not seperate itself from any identity at all.)

Forgiveness Rock Record is the result of 3 trips to the plastic surgeon with extensive work at the gym in between. They have shaved all the unwanted (noise at times) 4-5 minute gloomy, archaic instrumentals between vocals. Don't get me wrong, I love ambient music, but only when it fits and its necessary. The interludes (not seperated by individual tracks) arent unwelcomed here like they were in previous efforts. I find myself deciding to allow the instrumental interludes to play through as a means to prepare myself for the next brillant song.

Highlights on the record include:

World Sick - The album opens with a nearly 7 minute long triumph of music. Does an amazing job pulling the listner in and almost not wanting to move on.

Chase Scene - The second song on the album is just as, if not more, tasteful than the first. Extremly accessable also.

Art House Director - This song is reminesant of older BSS, and reminds you they haven't changed a bit.
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I haven't been this excited about an album in years. When I'm away from it, I miss it & can't wait to hear it again. Everything about it, from the sounds, the lyrics, the emotions & moods it creates, it's absolutely fantastic. I've been a Tortoise / Johnny Mcentyre fan for a long time time & Johnny's production certainly has something to do w/ my love for this album, but this is my first Broken Social Scene record & it's officially got me hooked. It's mellow with movement, gentle but still keeps me grooving to it. Its got interesting instrumentation a wide variety of songs, great production.... I'll just stop. buy it. support some great music.
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In a year that saw the release of several great pop/rock albums this one holds its own. Yes, Arcade Fire got most of the ink and praise, but Forgiveness Rock Record is song for song as good as The Suburbs (also 2010).

Check out lead singer Jason Collett's side project Zeus, which released a stellar debut the very same year.
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This is a band you can love & sometimes hate. They have a song (maybe 10), destined to become your favorite(s), & they also (like Flaming Lips) have weird, aimless jams guaranteed to delight angel-dust devotees. I'd call them prog-rock, but their are no talented improvisers in BSS. Their style of jamming is adding on the layers of guitar riffs, horns, percussion, voices & noise.
However, BSS are still are in the running for best cult, experimental rock band on the planet, with Radiohead (stripped-down, skeletal deconstruction department) & Wilco (country folk-rock laced with atonal noise). Though Chase Scene & All in All on FRR verge close to Stevie Nicks/Bananarama 80's music, this CD is no more a sell-out than Goo by Sonic Youth was. Generally they sound like a poppier mixture of Sonic Youth (Forced to Love), Flaming Lips & Wilco (Ungrateful Little Father). There are also some of the best bass riffs since New Order & The Cure.

As I said, they drop gems of songs out of the sky, then when you expect more of the same, give you some endless overbaked crap. Texico Bitches is immediately likeable, though severely limited lyrically. But despite my confusion/misgivings, I'm glad this band exists. It should give fans of sophisticated rock hope. They have an inspiring drive to their music, a great melodic sense, and a touch (okay, a fistful) of the absurd. Any singer that says "We have to menstruate in disguise," is either divinely inspired or seriously touched. Again, if this is their "mainstream" CD, bring on the mainstream!!
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