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  • Summary: K-OS, Jason Tate (The Weakerthans) and Murray Lightburn (The Dears) guest on the Canadian collective's follow-up to 'You Forgot It In People.'
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Like The Polyphonic Spree stripped of all their faux compound dwelling arse wittery, this is an unambiguous shot of serotonin straight to your head and heart.
  2. Where YFIIP meticulously arranged the collective of instrumentation for precision, like a ballet, this self-titled album throws everything into a blender, almost completely overwhelming the pretty melodies underneath - but not quite.
  3. 90
    An effervescent rush of melody, invention and magic. [Jan 2006, p.119]
  4. A richly textured collection of songs that further explore the possibilities of the group's grooving dream-pop blueprint but stays just weird enough not to attract the ear of mainstream radio.
  5. 80
    The album's plush and detailed enough to invite extensive exploration, and varied enough to not get exhausting. [Oct 2005, p.135]
  6. The disc is disjointed, lacks much in the way of cohesive musical character, and ultimately never really reaches to be anything more than a bunch of decent songs held together in the semblance of an album.
  7. Broken Social Scene is a gratuitous collection of repetitive pocket-symphony anthems for the indie set and an unsuccessful regurgitation of You Forgot It in People's rareness.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 69 out of 78
  2. Negative: 6 out of 78
  1. danieljo
    Oct 12, 2005
    Better than You Forgot It In People. All the negative reviews come down to lazy listeners, and the fact that these listeners/reviewers diidn't give the album enough time to grow on them. Expand
  2. Amky
    Oct 13, 2005
    It's awesome.
  3. AdamB
    Oct 5, 2005
    I love the loose sound of the album. It's got such a great flow to it. I find it very relaxing to listen to. The whole feel of the album really suits my taste in music. One pet peeve of mine is people who call them pretentious or self-indulgent. If I was making music, it would most certainly be self-indulgent. BSS could have easily put out a mainstream pop-album and gone on an arena tour. I have no doubt that the talent in BSS is there to produce mainstream pop. Instead, they made the album that they wanted. So, of course it's self-indulgent. And I applaud them for it. Expand
  4. TimR
    Oct 13, 2005
    Reading most of the reviews from the 'cream of the crop' critics, I found myself at a bit of a loss. One, most of these reviewers pride themselves on having the ability to be on top of progressive music (what is Broken Social Scene id not progressive). However the critics hear the complex textures and dense sounds on the new Broken Social Scene as overwhelming the melody, which in my opinion is not the case at all, the density of the sound reveals itself with every listen, generating new sounds that continually capture the true essence of what it is that makes the Broken Social Scene so great....endless innovation! Expand
  5. IsaacL
    Sep 1, 2006
    Another great BSS release that finishes better than one would think from the band's third release and follow up to You Forgot It In People. While this release was not as strong as expected it sures shows that the musical fire from BSS is still burning your flesh off! An A+ album from start to finish. Broken Social Scene will forever be synonymous with terrific music and there's no exception here with the feel-good music that they continue to create. Get up and dance to this one! Expand
  6. NoahH
    Oct 8, 2005
    it lacks that intangible magic of you forgot it in people but it is more rewarding than beehives and feel good lost. i think the mixing and production are great as it sounds like nothing quite like what i've heard before, though their influences are rampant throughout the album. the one-two punch of faces, and ibi is about the best start to an album i've ever heard. it loses steam after that with lots of good tracks but none of the subliminal connectivity that yfiip possesed. worth owning for bss fans and the first two tracks will open any skeptics mind. Expand
  7. RichardG
    Oct 21, 2005
    This CD is highly overrated. It is a complete mess with too many musicians and horrible mixing. A total disappointment.

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