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5.0 out of 5 stars
Better late than never, 4 Sept. 2003
Broken Social Scene's You Forgot It in People arrives on these shores nearly a year after it first caused a stir in its native Canada. Since then its reputation has been gathering and gathering to become one of the most hyped records of 2003, even if it remains virtually unheard of in the UK.
A massive supergroup made up of members of various post-rock/experimental bands like the extraordinary Do Make Say Think and A Silver Mt. Zion, Broken Social Scene are a sensation. This, their second album (and very different from their instrumental first one), is made up of 13 tracks, none of which sounds like the one before it.
This album is bursting with ideas and inspiration, starting with the ambient noodling of 'Capture the Flag', then bursting into the rocking second track 'KC Accidental'. 'Star and Sons', which is next, is simply a fantastic experimental pop song, with a really catchy and uplifting riff.
In fact, what makes the many different styles coalesce into feeling like a proper album is this hands-in-the-air uplift that so many of the songs provide. Another favourite is 'Pacific Theme', which is like the best Do Make Say Think track, only more much more joyful and happy sounding.
'Anthems for a Seventeen Year Old Girl' is also exceptional; filtering a simple, repeated female vocal in a completely charming and endearing way. Fantastic pop music in the best sense - but with an experimental edge.
With this variety in mind, I'm tempted to say that there is something for everyone here - but realistically, not everybody is going to get as much out of this as I have. I don't think this is a perfect album, for all its eclecticism I think it ends a bit unsatisfactorily, and the first half is probably a bit better than the second. But if you enjoy experimental styles, but also know when to recognise great catchy songs when you hear them, then look no further - there's still time to be in on it before everyone else.