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Broken Social Scene - Broken Social Scene

Reviewed by Andreas on 25th February 2006

This follow-up to 2002's "You Forgot It In People" re-affirm Broken Social Scene's excellent skill at making delightful pop music. From beginning 'til the end it's a lovely trip through every genre ever to be slightly related to happiness, pleasant days and sunshine.

"Ibi Dreams of Pavement (A Better Day)" is lovely from the start, and it is just the second track. The skill of the musicians and the grasp of songwriting this ensemble possess really show through on this second track. By the time the album finishes with the nearly 10 minute long "It's All Gonna Break", you're already far away on a wave of dreamy-pop.

There-in lies Broken Social Scene's problem. Most the songs are very floaty and soar high in the sky, and it is very easy to lose focus when listening to the album. It lacks some of the emotions of yearning expressed on "You Forgot it in People". "Broken Social Scene" is an album of openness and pleasantries, but sadly it just doesn't stick immediately.

Still, an apt purchase for those long, lovely summer days you spend outdoors with a nice bottle of wine and some good food. Roll on June, I say, for which "Broken Social Scene" shall feature on my iPod!

Rating: 7/10
Website: arts-crafts.ca/bss
Buy It Now: amazon.co.uk

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