Spirit If... - Kevin Drew
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  • Summary: Broken Social Scene's singer goes solo in what will be a series of albums featuring each member of the band plus a few guests.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. This is one for the ages, an album that you will covet, listen to, and live by.
  2. Not since Mansun's "Six" have I heard an album twist its songs into a musical Lombard Street--and I can already picture the audience screaming its approval in the break--before a wall of static and synthesizers takes us home. And home is a little nicer place to be after taking a ride on Spirit If...
  3. Spirit If… offers jams that don't really jam, acoustic ballads about fights and lies, and lushly orchestrated songs that come together effortlessly while cracking up hopelessly.
  4. If you’re at all familiar with the previous work of Broken Social Scene, then nothing on this album will sound new or particularly fresh.
  5. In the same spirit as Broken Social Scene's baroque pop, his first album stitches together the psychedelic, lo-fi montages and creates something unworldly and unique.
  6. 60
    The best of these songs are easily a match for Broken Social Scene. [Nov 2007, p.106]
  7. 40
    It sounds like Drew would still benefit from having his Canadian ragtag team behind him though, because his solo effort just isn't very strong.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. NickR.
    Oct 28, 2007
    This album gets better with every listen. Picks up right where he left off with It's All Gonna Break. Always been a huge BSS fan. Hope they can all get back together for another album...... Really would love to see the whole group together live again, but that probably won't happen. Glad I got to while I had the chance. Just amazing. Expand
  2. Matt
    Sep 25, 2007
    Definitely a grower. More rewarding on every listen. Check out - "Farewell to the Pressure Kids", "Gang Bang Suicide", "Boddhi Sappy Weekend".
  3. Broken
    Sep 21, 2007
    Spin and Urb are just downright silly. Second best BSS release since YFIIP. Amazing from start to finish after a few listens. Check out "safety bricks" & "lucky ones" for a start. Expand
  4. jay
    Sep 20, 2007
    Opening track "Pressure Kids" is one of the best opening tracks in along time...others like, 'Big Love" "Backing Out On The..." and "Lucky Ones" continue the Great BSS soundscapes...Flaming Lips, Sonic Youth and Pavement are apparent influences and they continue expanding towards there own unique style. Expand
  5. EricC.
    Sep 25, 2007
    I'm not a huge Broken Social Scene fan. My brother told me to buy You Forgot it in People, and I did, and it grew in to one of my favorite cds. While this is Drew's album, the rest of the band lends their talent as well (which is why Urb and Spin sound ridiculous). Feist even did lead vocals for a couple of songs. But it's Kevin Drew's lyrics and vocals that take center stage, and their backed by some solid music. It's not outstanding, but it's still a very good album, and has me excited for the next cd in the series. Expand
  6. BenM.
    Oct 30, 2007
    Great album - I always forget how many great songs are on the album until I'm actually listening. I went back through some older BSS this weekend, and I still love it all. Expand
  7. AnnyC.
    Sep 25, 2007
    Horrible name and album.

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