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Who could have imagined it would come so easily? This record explodes with songs after song of endlessly replayable, perfect pop. For proof, pick virtually any track: The sound barrier-bursting anthem "Almost Crimes", the subdued, gossamer "Looks Just like the Sun", the Dinosaur Jr.-tinted "Cause = Time", or the shimmering, Jeff Buckley-esque "Lover's Spit". And there's plenty more where that came from. How about the chugging guitar-pop of "Stars and Sons", which spins a distant, churning keyboard drone beneath the best moments of Spoon's Girls Can Tell and punctuates it with a barrage of percussive hand-claps. Or "Anthems for a Seventeen Year Old Girl" which showcases Emily Haines' melting alto caught in a beautiful, cyclical refrain and modified by about a hundred vocal effects while violins float atop subtle banjo plucking and cascading toms.Read more ›
Perhaps the most astonishing thing about this album is the way that it manages to be extremely immediate (songs like "KC Accidental" and "Stars And Sons" are basically the sonic equivalent of an amphetamine rush), yet it reveals numerous subtleties upon repeated listens. The gorgeous production brings a great deal of detail to the fore, like the gentle banjo floating under the hypnotic vocals in "Anthems For A Seventeen Year-Old Girl," or the silvery guitar fills during the operatic conclusion of "Cause = Time."
I picked this up six months ago and have probably listened to it every single day since; the euphoric first side evokes the first rays of sunshine flooding your bedroom in the morning, while the languid second side is perfect to drift off to sleep to. You Forgot It In People is an instant classic and an absolutely essential purchase for anyone that's even remotely interested in thoughtful, well-crafted pop music.
There are plenty of reviews from critics which sum up the greatness of the album So I suppose it's my job to put those reviews into perspective. Are you likely to be blown away, and have your world changed, after hearing this record? Maybe, maybe not. But there are plenty of ground-breaking records out there that put many of us to sleep, and enough run-of-the-mill pop records that we all love. What makes this album exceptional is that it puts so many different types of styles of music together, evoking a broad palette of emotions and ideas. The melding of "inventive" and "pop" assures me that you're bound to like 80-90% of the record, if not the whole thing.
This fusion is certainly a mixed blessing--for example, how many people are going to love "I'm Still Your Fag," "Cause=Time," AND "Anthems"? Yet for me, after countless listens, none of the 13 can really be considered throwaway tracks. You may read reviews which point to specific tracks as weaknesses in the record, making it less than perfect. I propone that because this album tries to stretch itself over so many genres, some people struggle to place each of the tracks in the context of the whole.
I'd certainly pick up the record. I have no idea if this will become well-known and important, but no question: You Forgot It In People is some great music from a surprisingly good Canadian band. It's aboot time.
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This is the album that started a sequence of consistently great releases from BSS. Their first album "Feel Good Lost" was a wonderful dreamy affair full of beautifully... Read morePublished on May 17, 2014 by I'm A Loner Dottie, A Rebel
This is my first Broken Social Scene album. I had a hard time deciding which one to purchase since they seem to have a lot of great ones. Read morePublished on April 2, 2014 by Elizabeth Drake
I stumbled onto this band because of the indie film "Half Nelson," which used several tracks on its soundtrack. This is a very indie album. Canadian indie, to be specific. Read morePublished on March 21, 2014 by homebeforedaylight
Awesome experimental/indie rock. Must have! Get it while you can. I love Anthems of a Seventeen Year Old, Pitter Patter Goes My Heart, KC Accidental, Capture the Flag, Shampoo... Read morePublished on December 28, 2012 by RecordsnBooks32
The first time I heard this being played at a friend's house I was struck by... something. I don't even know what part of the album was playing since of course I had never heard... Read morePublished on May 28, 2011 by madwoes
Lots of instruments, sounds that vary from intimate bedroom listening to vast anthemic rock. A particular strength of the songwriting is the way that each song is built on a solid... Read morePublished on March 20, 2011 by Ross