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Broken Social Scene

Broken Social Scene: Broken Social SceneBroken Social Scene (2005)
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Broken Social Scene is so hip right now. If one were to examine the year-end reviews of any hipster indie fanzine, you would probably find the same album up top of all of them; yes, ironically, it is the album in question here. Three years after the band's magnificent You Forgot It in People, the.
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Broken Social Scene is so hip right now.

If one were to examine the year-end reviews of any hipster indie fanzine, you would probably find the same album up top of all of them; yes, ironically, it is the album in question here. Three years after the band's magnificent You Forgot It in People, the group signed on Stars (also so hip right now) front-woman Amy Millan to handle some lead vocal work in preparation for actually topping its predecessor. Does this self-titled disc rise to the occasion? Girly pants, ugly glasses, and pretentiousness all scream yes, and in hopefully the only time I will have to agree with hipster paraphernalia, I whole-heartedly concur.

Broken Social Scene is a less cohesive effort from the band. The songs aren't as structured as before, and that fact alone will turn some people off already. On this self-titled effort, most of the fourteen tracks reek of noise and bombastic jams, as opposed to the standard formula of a song, but it works well. There is so much going on here that, even if you aren't too sure of all that is happening at once, you can't help but feel that it just sounds good. Even the noisier parts, like the second half of the album's opener "Our Faces Split the Coast in Half," and the bridge of the contender for song of the year "7/4 (Shoreline)" sound pleasant in the mix of the song, which is something that not too many of these hipster bands can gloat about. The tracks here are all over the place, and range from dancier, hip-hop-infused tracks like "Windsurfing Nation," to more subdued, prettier ballads, such as "Swimmers," where vocalist recruit Millan truly shines bright, with her breathy, yet strangely sexy vocals take charge.

The album is a tad top-heavy, though, and gets increasingly tough to listen to as it drags on. "Superconnected" and "Handjobs for the Holidays" offer nothing special to the listener, and serve only as precursors to the album's gigantic closer, the nine-minute "It's All Gonna Break," which has more ups and downs than you can shake a stick at, as well as an intense outro and an overall feeling that this is the note an album should end on.

For an album that doesn't play by the rules, it sure is accessible. I don't see many people not enjoying this album, and I truly think that there's something for everyone here. Broken Social Scene have touched upon all things that make people want to listen to music, and have executed it with extreme precision.

Standout Tracks:

  • "7/4 (Shoreline)"
  • "Windsurfing Nation"
  • "Swimmers"
  • "It's All Gonna Break"


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Anonymous (December 30, 2005)

Amy Millan does not sing Swimmers, it is Emily Haines, who has been in the band for years, Amy doesnt actualy have any "lead" vocals, so yeah.... fyi

Anonymous (November 30, 2005)


Anonymous (November 30, 2005)

nah, that's just your coheed and cambodia cd that you just bought.

theundergroundscene (November 29, 2005)

wahhhh do i hear a baby crying

Anonymous (November 29, 2005)

yepppp...it's all "Girly pants, ugly glasses, and pretentiousness" for you now.

FYI - i hear that Pitchfork is looking for interns.

theundergroundscene (November 29, 2005)


Anonymous (November 29, 2005)

nope right.

reread what you wrote, homey. only hipsters talk about hipsters like that.

time to trade in your studded belt for a white one.

theundergroundscene (November 28, 2005)

nope wrong

Anonymous (November 28, 2005)

worst intro ever. what are you so afraid of? "oh, boo hoo, hipster this, hipster that." fuck, you are more hipster and pretentious than any of 'em.

GreenVandal (November 26, 2005)

I like that coke machine glow site. The list for "top 12 songs on OK Computer" is fucking hilarious.

www.bornbackwards.com has some good reviews to.

ElVaquero (November 25, 2005)

I never understood the hate on Pitchfork. Well maybe people got pissed that they do some gimmick reviews (well, used to), and rag on shit like The Mars Volta. But, seriously, their reviews are well written and cover huge range of music. They are based in indie, sure, but that doesn't stop them from writing accurate and smart reviews for ska, hip hop, modern pop, avant garde... basically everything.

But if you really hate pitchfork and can't explain why, check out this other site Cokemachineglow. It's the only other site I've found that can claim as great and consistent of reviews as Pitchfork (and they know a lot more about hip hop).


Anonymous (November 25, 2005)

""Is "7/4 Shoreline" bragging about the time signiture?"

Ken, I hope you don't teach my kid. Go learn to spell.

Anonymous (November 25, 2005)

This band was absolutely amazing live, and while most of the new stuff sounded great live I can't really get into this cd.

Anonymous (November 25, 2005)

Pitchfork Sucks. They did a feature review for the new Destiny's Child Greatest Hits Collection. Fuck Pitchfork.

theundergroundscene (November 25, 2005)

yeah dude you definitely have pitchfork's balls all over your face

but that is a very good list regardless

i enjoy pitchfork

skaboom (November 24, 2005)

Um, Death Cab DID release an album this year, and you hate Pitchfork? I'll admit that I'm a regular Pitchfork reader, and that list seems ripped straight from their website.

Anonymous (November 24, 2005)

OK...Thanksgiving is over. We can now officially start discussing the Best albums of 2005. Honestly I think the year was pretty lame. Myspace got Big! But Fuck Myspace. Pitchfork still sucks. Not that 2004 was anything special but 2005 will be remembered for few things. To my knowledge Death Cab didnt release an album this year and those Deluxe albums (who the fuck buys them) Say Anything! Alkaline Trio! Senses Fail! werent released either. I love torrent files and I still hate paying for music.

Almost forgot...Heres my Top 10
01. The Hold Steady - Separation Sunday
02. My Morning Jacket - Z
03. Danger Doom - The Mouse & The Mask
04. The New Lows - The FREE EP
05. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - S/T
06. Sufjan Stevens - Illonois
07. Troubled Hubble - Making Beds in a Burning House
08. Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, Its Morning
09. Sage Francis - A Healthy Distrust
10. The Go! Team - Thunder, Lightning, Strike

Anonymous (November 24, 2005)

"If one were to examine the year-end reviews of any hipster indie fanzine, you would probably find the same album up top of all of them; yes, ironically, it is the album in question here."

That's not ironic.

Anonymous (November 23, 2005)

this is okay if you like that sort of thing nothing spectacular I prefer music but I'll take a Crimpshrine record instead

Anonymous (November 23, 2005)

I guess I'm probably one of the below mentioned 'pitchfork fanboys' but even so I really find this to be the most overrated band ever. I want to like it. I like Feist and Stars. But I just can't get into BSS. They aren't bad per se, but they just don't entertain.

Anonymous (November 23, 2005)

That cover art makes me think of End Hits for some reason.


Marlon (November 23, 2005)

"Is "7/4 Shoreline" bragging about the time signiture? I teach drums to 6th graders who can bust out 7/4. You just have to be able to count to 7. congratulations."

I don't think it's bragging... And also, regardless of it being easy or simple most contemporary rock bands still don't do it.

Anonymous (November 23, 2005)

No wonder the band took three years between albums. They must have guessed that some people would almost be hoping this album would be a failure. I have followed the band pretty closely and haven't noticed any swelled heads. It would be nice if people celebrated their success and were happy there is a group willing to experiment, instead of making snide remarks about them. Are some people a little bit jealous? It's easy to do the same old thing over and over if it is successful the first time, but it takes courage to go in a new direction.

electricp (November 22, 2005)

"Ironically" is misused in the intro. again.

maybe he was being ironic

- ElectricPattycake

etwiels88 (November 22, 2005)

Stars suxors

Anonymous (November 22, 2005)

Better than Black Flag, Minor Threat, and Circle Jerks combined.

theundergroundscene (November 22, 2005)

especially one as good as shoreline

all talk, brothaman

shadydeals (November 22, 2005)

Try writing a good pop tune in 7/4.

Anonymous (November 22, 2005)

Is "7/4 Shoreline" bragging about the time signiture? I teach drums to 6th graders who can bust out 7/4. You just have to be able to count to 7. congratulations.


Anonymous (November 22, 2005)

"Ironically" is misused in the intro. again.

GreenVandal (November 22, 2005)

bring on the duff.

Anonymous (November 22, 2005)

maybe now we'll get some hilary.

Anonymous (November 22, 2005)

Finally you guys review a good record. I wonder whats next...My Morning Jacket, Hold Steady, The New Lows....Surprise Me Again!

etwiels88 (November 22, 2005)

Hansel, so hot right now. Hansel.

musical-monkey (November 22, 2005)

this album is very good but i really don't like "It's all Gonna Break". the pitchfork interview with them was really interesting.

GreenVandal (November 22, 2005)

I liked this intros review cuz its completely fucking true.

ElVaquero (November 22, 2005)

I just heard them on the CBC indie radio podcast and was all like "damn" I'm checking this out.

Marlon (November 22, 2005)

He beats women too.

Inspection12e (November 22, 2005)

PSSSSSHHHHHH Kirby doesn't dress better than me. Have you not seen his baseball card?

Marlon (November 22, 2005)

"Marlon had a conversation with me the other day about who in our Punknews crew is the most fashionable.

I don't know where that dude comes up w/ his material."

Actually I just said you were a fashion whore you dressed better than everybody else, but ok.

Inspection12e (November 22, 2005)

Did I win or am I not part of the crew. I better have won. *crosses fingers*

kirbypuckett (November 22, 2005)

Marlon had a conversation with me the other day about who in our Punknews crew is the most fashionable.

I don't know where that dude comes up w/ his material.

- Kirby

Anonymous (November 22, 2005)

My score.

Anonymous (November 22, 2005)

This album is pretty good. At first it seemed to be a huge disappointment, but after some time it really grows. It's pretty easy to hate this band, but they really deserve a chance.

Inspection12e (November 22, 2005)

Marlon wears girls jeans.

EphraimTheRetardedRabbit (November 22, 2005)

There's nothing on this album as good as Cause=Time, but 7/4 comes damn close. Good album all around.

skaboom (November 22, 2005)

I should proofread f'real.

skaboom (November 22, 2005)

For some reason I just can't get into this like I did with YFIIP. That album had a perfect sequencing of soft songs and heavy songs, sparse and cluttered. The biggest difference I notice is the use of strings. They're on BSS, but it just doesn't really add all that much. When the strings show up on Anthems for a 17-Year Old Girl and Pitter Patter Goes My Heart show up, it transforms the song from a whimsical pop song to a beautiful masterpiece.

And 7/4 Shoreline bugs the hell out of me. If there was ever a way to kill a dancy number, they managed to do it by giving it the most retarded time signature ever.

Marlon (November 22, 2005)

I've always been under the impression that girly pants were for scenesters?

Anonymous (November 22, 2005)

This is a great album... I can't believe you said 'Superconnected' doesn't add anything to the album, it's the best track on there for me. Reminds me alot of 'Teen Age Riot' - Sonic Youth. Great song.

shadydeals (November 22, 2005)

There's so much depth to this CD and it's a difficult CD to wrap your head around when you listen to it. Just when you think you figure a song out, you hear something else that fucks you up. It's awesome.

It's the audio equivalent of driving down the highway in rush hour looking only through your rearview mirror.

ThreeChordsAndTheTruth (November 22, 2005)

I need to pick this up, I loved You Forgot It In People, Pitchfork fanboys or not. SOMETIMES they're right.

Anonymous (November 22, 2005)

Feel Good Lost is so damn good.

Everything else this band has put out is a mix of good and bad.

Anonymous (November 22, 2005)

I bought this cause everybody raved about this band, i thought it was rather boring, then I put Naked Raygun on my stereo and that was real classy

Anonymous (November 22, 2005)

"This is quite possibly the most overrated band ever."

Word. I can't think of any band more overrated than this crap.

LevitateMe (November 22, 2005)

All of their shows are like that.

Anonymous (November 22, 2005)

Really good album. No one likes this as much as You Forgot It In People, but its really a different beast. Its more poppy, but at the same time its a bit of a grower.

Was anyone at the show in LA on November 8? I swear it was like a religious experience or something. I haven't felt that way about a concert in a long time


Anonymous (November 22, 2005)

I'm actually starting to like this even more than YFIIP, it's way more cohesive.

And Windsurfing Nation is the catchiest song ever.

Anonymous (November 22, 2005)

This is quite possibly the most overrated band ever.

Anonymous (November 22, 2005)

doesnt have the umph of you forgot it in people.
but ill give it a chance

LevitateMe (November 22, 2005)

I'm seeing them twice in January! And this record was a big disappointment, but they're still good live.

colin (November 22, 2005)

haven't ehard this. sounds like a pitchfork record.

Anonymous (November 22, 2005)


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