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Broken Social Scene, Broken Social Scene

Broken Social Scene’s self-titled follow up to their critically and commercially successful sophomore You Forgot It In People, was at first (two weeks of listening) a complete let down. While most of the songs started off with utterly engaging and memorable melodies, they always seemed to collapse at the end into droves of dead, static fuzz. Also, because of the chaotic mix, vocals from Feist, Emily Haines (Metric), and K-OS were frustratingly buried. What’s the point of having such huge Canadian talent if you can’t hear what they’re singing about? After putting the disc away for what seemed like months, this reviewer decided to try it out again. This time, the volume was set thrice as high, and unexpectedly Broken Social Scene came alive. Tracks like “Ibi Dreams Of Pavement (A Better Day),” “7/4 (Shoreline),” and “Major Label Debut,” were given extra clearance from their eccentric mix of feedback, brass sections, and random noise. Overall, Broken Social Scene’s latest release is less focused then You Forgot It In People, but it will enhance over time and on a very loud pair of headphones. (Arts & Crafts)

Rating: 3 Out Of 5 Stars

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