Spirit If...

Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. It sounds very much like the disjointed collection of rickety epics about fucking and frustration you'd expect from a BSS disc.
  2. Q Magazine
    60
    Drew's little-boy-lost whine on the likes of 'Gangbang Suicide' occasionally grates, but the supreme soft-rock anthemics on 'Lucky Ones' more than compensates. [Oct 2007, p.94]
  3. Mojo
    60
    The best of these songs are easily a match for Broken Social Scene. [Nov 2007, p.106]
  4. Spin
    50
    Despite numerous cameos from his mates, Drew still sounds orphaned and adrift. [Oct 2007, p.96]
  5. When Drew tones down his approach on tracks like 'Safety Bricks' and 'Gang Bang Suicide,' the result is underwhelming and seems to want for additional input.
  6. There are cool reminisces (opener 'Farewell to the Pressure Kids,' 'Safety Bricks'), but the bulk is derivative.
  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.
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 37 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. BenM.
    Oct 30, 2007
    9
    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 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. Full Review »
  2. NickR.
    Oct 28, 2007
    10
    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 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. Full Review »
  3. Cables
    Oct 8, 2007
    8
    This is an excellent album that would have made for a better follow up to "you forgot..". I don't quite understand the negative reviews. This is an excellent album that would have made for a better follow up to "you forgot..". I don't quite understand the negative reviews. It sounds like a bss record. Some reviews are claiming that he sounds "adrift" and "off on his own". Anyone who has heard this and has some sort of bss listening experience will be more than pleased. Full Review »