Broken Social Scene
Forgiveness Rock Record


4.0
excellent

Review

by Eric USER (161 Reviews)
April 19th, 2010 | 83 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Broken Social Scene deliver a hefty dose of the album we all knew they could create.

Broken Social Scene have never been a band to go lightly on extravagance. The Canadian conglomerate of a band that began with 2 art-rockers quickly grew into a joint mish-mash of indie all-stars from a wide scope. With the sexy songstresses from Stars and Metric, it’s also worth mentioning that Broken Social Scene probably have one of the prettiest rock line-ups (sorry Hayley Williams). This assortment of indie royalty grants Broken Social Scene the ability to experiment a little, and rarely do they pass up this opportunity. Forgiveness Rock Record is a rich display of Broken Social Scene’s many talents and areas of interest, from blaring horns sections to lighter pieces where Emily Hainses’ soft voice is most prominent. Yes, it’s also probably not too far from what you’re expecting to hear if you were one of the vehement fans of You Forgot It In People (then again, fans indifferent to YFIIP are few and far between). And in no way can you count this steady, tranquil progression against Broken Social Scene. Forgiveness Rock Record may not grant many gasps in shock and awe, but the groups’ latest is sure to leave the rest of 2010 a target to catch up to, as far as indie goes.

Where we do find the Canadians diverging from the regular trajectory in 2010 is with their level of energy. Irresistible hooks, creamy melodies, yes it’s all there... but now with a little flair, if you will. Compared to their relatively undisputed magnum opus You Forgot It In People (as their latest is sure to be compared to time and time again), Forgiveness Rock Record comes out as the more outgoing and optimistic of the two. Broken Social Scene haven’t changed the tried-and-true formula of intricate layers, whispery vocal melodies, and catchy hooks upon hooks galore, but they have added a tinge of self-confidence into the mix.

Forgiveness Rock Record is no exception to the exorbitant and sometimes over-the-top tones that accompany your typical Broken Social Scene album. Their ability to switch seamlessly back and forth from a low-key track to one with oodles upon oodles of instruments, textures, and layers remains one of the band's most enticing aspects.

Always evident amongst this beauty though is the diversity that really separates an album like Forgiveness Rock Record. The ambition here is debatable, as it resembles slightly the diverse arrangements of Broken Social Scene’s past, but the subtle power of a well-organized album. There’s an abundance of power behind the subtleties of the record as a whole; and it shows itself in pieces rather than one astounding “hurrah!” Rather than wow the listener with single upon single, Forgiveness Rock Record will likely impress you much more on the 10th listen than it will on the second. Once you get past the immediate glowing response to the obvious “World Sick,” “Chase Scene,” or “Art House Director,” you begin to see the beauty in the more subtle and simpler tracks like the quirky “Texico Bitches,” the soft and lovely “Water in Hell,” or the quiet closer “Me and My Hand” that closes the album like a funeral at sea... drifting away slowly.

To be quite honest, though, Forgiveness Rock Record is an incredibly expected and even predictable release from the crew. Yes, immediate impressions might garner a few responses to the unmistakable melodious and foot-tapping nature, but through and through this is another Broken Social Scene album. On the other hand, don’t you dare think that’s a detriment. Broken Social Scene have proven themselves trustworthy enough to tweak their aesthetic in minor ways and reap the flattering reactions that are well-deserved. While it’s far too hasty to be proclaiming Forgiveness Rock Record the album that overtakes the illustrious You Forgot It In People, I have no desire to compare them yet. It’s too easy to enjoy the simple bliss of Forgiveness Rock Record over and over and over again until my ears grow weary of Emily Haines (fun fact: that’s not actually possible).The latest from Broken Social Scene is a creation full of, maybe not surprises, but certainly end upon end of satisfaction in the form of lovable and listenable indie music the likes of which may not be topped in 2010. After many listens, I’ve become incessantly content and fulfilled knowing the answer to the question I asked myself going in to Forgiveness Rock Record: If it’s not broken, why fix it? Thankfully, Broken Social Scene knew they didn’t have much to patch up.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Ponton
Emeritus
April 19th 2010


5793 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

stream for sea

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=125236515

klap
Staff Reviewer
April 19th 2010


10435 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

still not sure how i feel about this record but good review

Digging: Tennis - Ritual In Repeat

Athom
Staff Reviewer
April 19th 2010


17213 Comments


good stuff

Digging: Inigo Kennedy - Vaudeville

robin
Emeritus
April 19th 2010


4248 Comments


might become my favourite broken social scene despite anxiety beforehand. nicely done btw

Ponton
Emeritus
April 19th 2010


5793 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

nice review, think you meant of instead of on in the second paragraph here: "on energy"

edit: "and layers remains one of the ands most enticing aspects."

maybe omit it? I will vote pos



Athom
Staff Reviewer
April 19th 2010


17213 Comments


still not sure how i feel about this record

It doesn't have instant stand outs like Anthems for a Seventeen Year Old Girl/Almost Crimes/I'm Still Your Fag, but it rules none the less

BigTuna
April 19th 2010


5158 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I think the first two tracks are standouts and the rest are anywhere from consistent to bad.

Digging: Manchester Orchestra - Hope

robin
Emeritus
April 19th 2010


4248 Comments


it has standouts i just don't think theyve been dug up yet. romance to the grave is as good (and with the same subdued nature) as anything off you forgot it. there are some others too definitely. i guess we'll see though :p

Ponton
Emeritus
April 19th 2010


5793 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Not quite sure what to think of this just yet. maybe 3-3.5, not quite as strong as the last two albums.

SeaAnemone
April 19th 2010


20322 Comments


a little hastily done tbh, please point out more corrections guys if you see em, and thank you very much observer... for the stream too! I was just about to haha.

and today is CRAZY for music. easily biggest day of the year as far as big releases go.

Digging: Holy Sons - Lost Decade II

Kiran
Emeritus
April 19th 2010


6001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

still wrapping my head around this but i kind of overloaded on new music over the past two days so my rating is subject to volatile shifts in and out of favour

SeaAnemone
April 19th 2010


20322 Comments


I haven't heard all the crazy music nonsense going around but this yet.

Kiran
Emeritus
April 19th 2010


6001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i take it slowly usually but four of my most anticipated records of the year being leaked/streamed on the same day is just too much for my weak willpower to resist

SeaAnemone
April 19th 2010


20322 Comments


I just got rick-rolled when I tried to d/l High Violet... every single one of the tracks when they were ALREADY in my itunes ugh

BigTuna
April 19th 2010


5158 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

hahahaha

Mikesn
Emeritus
April 19th 2010


3709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

love Sentimental X's, World Sick and Texico Bitches

SeaAnemone
April 19th 2010


20322 Comments


Texico Bitches is my personal favorite as of now...

it really pains me that Gaslight Anthem, Minus the Bear, and The National are SURELY going to take listening time away from this this here.

BigTuna
April 19th 2010


5158 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

but it doesn't pain you THAT much

SeaAnemone
April 19th 2010


20322 Comments


yeah just started listening to the National... so I take that back... not at all really you caught me

BigTuna
April 19th 2010


5158 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Is the leak quality any good?



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