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BSS reminds us what music is.
on June 6, 2010
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.
Water In Hell - The true outro to the album (a 2 mintue "Me and My Hand wraps up the album and may be the weakest part of the piece)
Broken Social Scene is slowly moving into my "Top 25 Most Played" playlist more and more everyday. This album is nothing less than a feat. They have somehow managed to create the perfect Summer/Fall album. This album is great background music for the gym or a jog. It may be close to impossible to be in a bad mood while enjoying this ablum. Some will say this album is a bit more geared to a mainstream fanbase, and maybe it is, but that does nothing to thwart the genius displaying song in and song out. Even the lesser songs hold their old against BSS's older more off the wall albums. I was afraid this ablum would fall flat on it's face, and to be honest I may have wanted it to in a sense. You Forgot It People was a very special album to me and constantly had a spot on my iPod shuffle. Those days are over with the arrival of this record. Buy it now, this album should not be missed.
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