Monday, June 6, 2011

Music Mondays #4 - "Broken Social Scene"

Hey, it's Adam Fuhr again.
Most Canadians have heard, in passing, of Broken Social Scene (I think - after a while of listening to a band it's hard to tell who else knows of them). Today I'm going to write about their self titled album (I guess I'm on a self-titled streak). It is probably the most widely reviewed album that they've had, but it will always be my favorite.

ARTIST: Broken Social Scene

ALBUM: Self Titled

DESCRIPTION: Melodious meandering

BACKGROUND: Broken Social Scene is a Canadian band with as little as six and as many as nineteen members. Many of them are famous for other work - k-os and Fiest have been contributing members - but they refuse the term "Supergroup".


REVIEW: First off, I know that this album may not be the definition of accessible. It's melodies are complicated, it's range is wide, and everything within that range is deeply complex. With a closed-minded first listen, one might even call this album messy. But it is anything but (that is a wierd sentence). This album's untidiness doesn't result from a lack of musicianship, but rather from a supreme level of artistic freedom which shines through everywhere. They aren't afraid to experiment, and wonderful things happen because they do. The track "7/4 (Shoreline)" is, yes, in the time signature of 7/4 - which is odd to say the least, but it works. Music of the masses? Maybe not, but that's the fault of the masses.

FAVORITE TRACKS: 7/4 (Shoreline), It's All Gonna Break

Sample or BUY IT:   iTunes  Amazon

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