Broken Social Scene’s break out second full length album You Forgot It In People was one that took many people by surprise. Who was this weird Canadian collective and how did they sneak up on us so easily? I still believe that You Forgot It In People ranks as one of the best albums of the new century. The pressure to follow up an album of that stature and acclaim must be a heavy burden for any band. It is always intriguing to observe a band to see which path they choose to take after such maximum exposure.
Broken Social Scene seem to have risen to the occasion with this self-titled opus that clocks in at a whopping 63 minutes (and that doesn’t include the bonus EP that is included with the album). It seems as though the musical scope is even wider than before. That’s saying an awful lot as You Forgot It In People seemed to already touch every corner of the indie rock spectrum. If you are looking for an instantly gratifying album then this probably is not going to do it for you. This is not an easy listen and it is not an album that you can just throw on and ignore. It takes time and patience but on each listen this album bears more and more of its soul. Then on that one glorious listen it finally hits you.
Broken Social Scene is an album that splits the artistic and listenable line right down the middle. Those are the albums that are timeless in my eyes. Can you ask for much more from your music then to give you something new every time you listen? Broken Social Scene have done the unthinkable. They have pulled a Radiohead. They have followed up a masterpiece with yet another masterpiece. Kudos and I can’t wait for the next one.