Forgiveness Rock Record: Disorientating Delight

If it were possible to receive a hundred blowjobs at once it would be
messy, complicated, and slightly disorientating, but probably one of
the greatest experiences of your life. This is exactly what the latest
offering by Broken Social Scene is.

After five years since the release of their last career album a lot
has happened for Broken Social Scene[1]: Numerous solo projects,
collaborations and tours. It is in no doubt that everyone involved in
the band has raised its profile to some extent, thus creating a
cataclysmic amount of hype and momentum surrounding their latest
release.

Broken Social Scene have for Forgiveness Rock Record, produced by
close friend John McEntire [2](Tortoise[3], The Sea and Cake[4]),
reduced their core membership to a rather sparse sextet. That is not
to say that the almost mix-tape quality that has come to define Broken
Social Scene has been lost with the list of guest appearances running
well into the double digits (33).

It is this eclecticism that is both the albums greatest strength, yet
greatest downfall (Though this seems to be a trend in all of their
albums including the much acclaimed Self Titled and You Forgot It In
People [5]albums), Blending ambient psychedelia, catchy rock riffs,
soul, and even a bit of 70s disco. It takes you on an undulating
journey, immersing you directly into each track. From the building
wall of sound that is created layer by layer in the opening track
World Sick that crescendos to  a point where ecstasy and agony meet,
hold for a few more almost impossible beats, and finally breaks the
tension, to the floating ethereal dream state that is Sentimental
X?s.

The first tracks are undoubtedly the stronger on the album.  Chase
Scene opens with a wah effect that instantly draws you in augmented by
a rhythm and tempo that immediately create a situation where you can
imagine running for the border chased by every cop in existence. While
All to All takes on a gorgeous dream pop sound that makes you want to
run through a field of daisies.

From Highway Slipper Jam onwards the album seems to lack cohesion as
Broken Social scene back one song up against another, threatening to
dissolve into complete chaos at any second. Until the penultimate
track where they manage to bring it all back together again with
anthemic Water in Hell. Just as you give up hope on any semblance of
fluidity, in true Broken Social Scene style, everything pulls together
to make perfect sense.

Links:
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[1] http://www.brokensocialscene.ca/index.php
[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_McEntire
[3] http://www.trts.com/splash.php
[4] http://www.theseaandcake.com/
[5] http://www.allmusic.com/album/you-forgot-it-in-people-r616238/review

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