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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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on May 20, 2010
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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on August 27, 2010
Yeah man! Great mix of pop, rock and a dash of electronica.Never boring as the styles change from song to song. Favorites are Art House Director and Ungrateful Little Father, but a lot of the others are "growers" and the whole makes for a great travel soundtrack. I'm always down with a CD that has a cool instrumental or two to cleanse the pallet, and the Forgiveness Rock Record delivers on that count. The only cut I could have done without is Me And My Hand but hey, 13 out of 14 ain't bad. Listen and enjoy - highly recommended.
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on May 2, 2011
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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on July 29, 2012
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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on June 4, 2015
One of the greatest albums of all time. Every song is great. I never tire of this one.
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on July 30, 2010
I really enjoy this album because it has a lot of variety within it. Different artists sing and play instruments on different tracks. Some of the songs are very catchy and some are more on the melancholy side. Each song is unique and the sound has a raw feel to it that I love.
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on September 19, 2015
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on January 29, 2014
Do you like to forgive? Do you like rock? Either way you WILL like this album! Hot stuff! Oh yes, indeed!
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on May 30, 2010
After albums like You Forgot It in People and their self-titled album, this is a bit of a disappointment. Not that it's a bad album, but far too Pop for its own good.
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