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4.0 out of 5 stars BSS back on form.., 14 April 2010
This review is from: Forgiveness Rock Record (Audio CD)
My first impressions of this long awaited album (5 years!) from Broken Social Scene is that is a clear improvement on their previous, self-titled one. The real question, however, is whether it can reach the heights of You Forgot it in People (YFIIP)

This album features less contributors than the self-titled album; and as a result many of the songs feel that bit leaner and less bogged-down than its predecessor. In my mind this is a good thing.

One thing did did strike me was that a large number of the songs are quite melodic and accessible, with the vocals clear and up-front in the mix, for example the first single 'World Sick' (possibly too long for a single, although it will no doubt be chopped up for a 'radio-edit'), 'Chase Scene' and 'Forced to Love'. These songs for me are more reminiscent of YFIIP than their self titled record.

'All to All' is more of a departure for the band, and is also excellent - drum machines and a nice string-section is the backdrop for new band member Lisa Lobsinger's magnificent vocals. This is a highlight on the album for me, along with 'Forced to Love'.

While there are many enjoyable individual tracks present on this record; there is quite a diversity in the songs, which is probably the inevitable result of the number of strong contributors to it. While this is always the case with BSS to a degree, with this one I have not got the feeling that the whole things works as well together as either YFIIP or indeed Feel Good Lost did. I think there is something of a balance missing, with some tracks meandering on for too long, and others not quite fitting in with the tracks preceding or following them.

As to the earlier question - can it stand up to Your Forgot it in People? In my opinion, after not very many listens, I would have to say No. But don't let that put you off - this album shows that Broken Social Scene are still a band worth listening to. While it may not be album of the year, Forgiveness Rock Record will I think be fairly well received by long-standing BSS fans, and is most definitely worth a few listens for those not acquainted with the band.

One final thought - hate the cover art!
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Initial post: 15 Apr 2010 21:46:31 BDT
It is a horrible album cover.
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