Broken Social Scene: Listen First ‘Forgiveness Rock Record’

B.S.S. – All To All

B.S.S. – Water in Hell

Broken Social Scene – Forced To Love

This time out, the group has been pared down to a leaner, more manageable core of musicians (Drew, Canning, Charles Spearin, Andrew Whiteman, Justin Peroff and relative newcomers Lisa Lobsinger and Sam Goldberg). It also brought in John McEntire, the veteran Chicago producer and multi-instrumentalist best known for his work with Tortoise and The Sea and Cake. Both changes are felt immediately on Forgiveness Rock Record.

While there’s still a cascading exuberance to Drew and Canning’s work, the songs convey a tighter sense of focus and sonic consistency. From the yearning of “Sweetest Kill” to the fizzy electronics and plucky strings of “All to All” to the off-kilter loops and ambient sounds of “Ungrateful Little Father,” McEntire’s tasteful musical sculpting has added layered nuance which brings out the best in Drew and the various singers.

That said, there are plenty of grandly rocking moments, well suited for this summer’s many outdoor festivals: The slow-building jam of “World Sick” begins with a moody electronic soundscape and a clean groove, but climaxes with blissful orchestrated cacophony. Then there’s the guitar-driven fist-pumper “Forced to Love,” the soaring and funky horn section of “Art House Director,” and the sweet synth-pop mantra “Sentimental X’s,” which gives way to a rapturous chorus of female voices and swirling keyboards.

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~ by castleqwayr on April 19, 2010.

One Response to “Broken Social Scene: Listen First ‘Forgiveness Rock Record’”

  1. Wow! Amazing photos!

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