You Forgot It in People was released in 2002 and was a reinvention of the ensemble. Expanding to 11 musicians, with numerous other members joining the band temporarily, Broken Social Scene evolved from ambient textures to a more experimental progressive rock sound. With a base of traditional rock instrumentation, the tracks are layered with vocals, deep bass and percussion grooves, and experimental sounds. This is a great breakthrough album.
I’ve always liked the looseness of Broken Social Scene. It’s as if 10 or 20 great musicians would get together at a party and a jam would break out. This latest LP, Forgiveness Rock Record, released in 2010 is the bands last (final?) effort. The record is more tight and controlled, but still achieves an authentic “Broken…” sound. The band is officially on hiatus now, but they do emerge now and then with a live appearance or a piece of music.
Broken Social Scene is a Canadian revolving door of superior musical talent. They often have nearly a dozen musicians on stage and band members change frequently. Their sound is a mix of Indie, Post Rock and Experimental sounds. Some refer to this genre as Baroque Rock. The band has been on hiatus several times in the past few years and they’ve even played a “final” live performance. This was soon followed by a tour announcement, so the status of the band is in flux.
The first track, “Anthems for a Seventeen-Year-Old Girl” is extremely artistic and touching. The second is a nice Alt-Indie groove called “Cause=Time.”
Park that car, drop that phone, sleep on the floor, dream about me
“Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.”