michael gallucci

ALBUM REVIEW — BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE

In Uncategorized on 05/28/2010 at 10:15 am

Broken Social Scene

Forgiveness Rock Record

(Arts & Crafts)

It’s been five years since the last Broken Social Scene album, but it doesn’t really seem like it since several members (Feist, Emily Haines, Amy Millan, Kevin Drew) released records since then that were basically BSS extensions. In a way, Forgiveness Rock Record plays a little like the Beatles’ White Album, with members of the Toronto collective serving as backing musicians to the group’s bigger names: Feist takes the spotlight here, Haines gets it there, etc. All three women even share the mic in “Sentimental X’s.” But the album’s best songs are the ones made by BSS’ core group, which is down to a manageable seven members these days. Excellent opener “World Sick” reflects the band’s new position: moody art-rock for indie-pop traditionalists.

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