Broken Social Scene - Broken Social Scene

Universal acclaim - based on 31 Critics

Critic 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. 92
    One might be a bit startled by how much, well, more broken this new [album] sounds. [#17, p.92]
  3. This is the sound of things all falling apart, and few albums this year have sounded better. [#11, p.105]
  4. 90
    An effervescent rush of melody, invention and magic. [Jan 2006, p.119]
  5. 90
    There's a real effort to forge beauty out of chaos without losing any of the chaos. [Album of the Month, Jan 2006, p.100]
  6. The 14-song set is as bright and moving as the band's previous efforts, but Broken Social Scene holds more charisma, more depth, and surely more complexities.
  7. 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.
  8. Broken Social Scene has pulled off the rare feat of making a heavily produced record sound instinctive and spontaneous.
  9. This exercise in excess makes the ambitious You Forgot It in People seem positively understated by comparison.
  10. 83
    A multifaceted, densely layered sound. [Oct 2005, p.138]
  11. Though it loses its momentum in the final few tracks, and prevents me from giving it the downright slobbering it might otherwise deserve, Broken Social Scene, much like its release day partner, You Could Have it So Much Better..., is a cinder in the eye of all the indie-haters.
  12. In places, the group seems like they're being almost willfully difficult, and yet it often makes for darn good listening.
  13. The group has lost some of the accessibility of You Forgot it in People, which wore its heart on its sleeve with fewer emotional contradictions, but has maintained the same emotional neediness at the previous album's heart.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 125 Ratings

User 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. Full Review »
  2. DrewK
    Oct 8, 2005
    Challenging and unsatisfying. Not a good combo. I'm tremendously disappointed in this album.
  3. Apr 17, 2014
    Despite the uneven tone of the record, the sloppiness of some tracks ("Bandwitch", "Windsurfing Nation"), the pretentiousness of the lyrics of almost all the songs, this is a pretty good follow up to YFIIP, and nearly tops it. Love it. BSS is one of my fave bands ever. Full Review »