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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.'
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  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. 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. Expand
  2. Jun 14, 2013
    Now I'd be lying if I said this an kaleidoscope of a record, but it's almost the truth. Broken Social Scene make a song so chaotic, so melodic, and so captivating all at once. The amount of detail and layers on all these tracks are perfectly textured, only way BSS can do it.

    All In All, Broken Social Scene is an album full of ambition, and for the most part triumph. B+
  3. May 10, 2011
    Didn't feel complete or as cohesive as it should have but is overall a satisfying listen. It's definitely much better than anything after You Forgot it in People. This does beg the question, why haven't these guys taken a more post rock approach to some of their later works? Now that would be brave. Expand

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