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Broken Social Scene
You Forgot it in People
Arts and Crafts

Rating: 10/10 ?


October 1, 2004
There's some crazy shit going on in Canada. I am not talking about the penetration of SARS, nor am I am not talking about the Canuck's admirable defiance of the USA's decision to pockmark Baghdad with "freedom holes," and I am certainly not talking about The Kids in the Hall, Celine Dion or Peter Jennings. I am talking about a rich and diverse musical scene thriving in the city of Toronto, one that rivals the incestuous tongue swapping of their Yankee neighbor to the south, Chicago. Broken Social Scene isn't the newest band to come out of the big T, having formed in 1999, but they are a collective of musicians who have released one of the best records to see the light this year. You Forgot it in People is a wonderful, beautiful and arresting album of pure pop joy and fascinating song structure and texture. To file a record such as this in the 'pop' drawer is by no means a simplification or deprecation of its many merits. Pop music is tried and true if slightly tired, but when it is enhanced with musical sides of hotcakes and sausage it sizzles and simmers. Broken Social Scene is big on the side orders.

This ten-plus member band features folks from Canadian notables such as Do Make Say Think, Stars, A Silver Mt. Zion, Metric, Treble Charger and Mascott. Core and founding members Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning have laid a pipeline of subtle IDM stylings that course throughout the 50 minutes of the album, surfacing in a synth swell here and a bubbling of bleeps there. After the spacey keyboard and horn intro of "Capture the Flag," "KC Accidental" pumps its mighty fist as washed out drums and swooping guitars prime your ears before a vocal refrain breakdown that soon picks up where earlier and rockin' things left off. KC Accidental was also the name of a former band of Drew and Do Make Say Think/Broken Social Scene member Charles Spearin, for your nerdly information. "Anthems for a Seventeen Year Old Girl" features the surreally phased vocals of Emily Haines intoning "Park that car, drop that phone, sleep on the floor, dream about me…" over and over as a hypnotic mid-tempo rock bed offers a foothold marked by subtle banjo pickings. One of the finest numbers on the album is number eight, otherwise known as "Cause = Time." A single bass note is picked for almost two measures at a time before going up a note and down a note and starting all over. Vocals taking cues from Dinosaur Jr. and Sonic Youth float the refrain "They all wanna know the cause, they all wanna be the cause, they all wanna dream the cause, they all wanna fuck the cause." The chorus gets-a-rockin' a bit more as one of the best guitar lines on the record trembles overhead. There are weaker moments within, like the Further inspired and hipster-titled instrumental "Late Nineties Bedroom Rock for the Missionaries" or the pop standard/Bacharach evoking instrumental called "Pacific Theme." But Everest has its weak moments too, where the incline you are traversing eases down to a difficult 56 degrees instead of an impossible 74. When you need oxygen tanks just to deal with the sheer excitement of an album as a whole, weak moments don't mean shit. What I mean is that this album gets a 10 out of 8.

There is a continuity and a scope that jumps from peak to peak, or song to song, something that is unusual in this age of overlong records that would be much better off minus a song or two. I have already noticed different sounds by listening to this album on headphones instead of on my stereo. Now that's production. Broken Social Scene caused a storm at South by Southwest this year and is going to amass more thunderheads as they proceed. Take cover and take heed.

Reviewed by Jonah Flicker
Jonah Flicker writes, lives, drinks, eats, and consumes music in New York, via Los Angeles. He once received a fortune in a fortune cookie that stated the following: "Soon, a visitor shall delight you." He's still waiting.

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