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Broken Social Scene – You Forgot It In People (2002)

April 20, 2008

I kind of have a complete lack of new stuff to write about (as always, it seems), so instead I thought I’d go back (way back) and talk about Broken Social Scene’s You Forgot It In People, which in my opinion is one of the greatest albums ever made. Like, Arcade Fire are pretty much one of the biggest things coming out of Canada at the moment, with their album Neon Bible hitting mainstream, but according (again) to my opinion, their debut Funeral kicks Neon Bible‘s arse, and You Forgot It In People kicks the arse of Funeral. So, like… That’s saying something! Because I really really love Funeral!

It’s not as hardcore-rock-the-fuck-out-ish as their latest (self-titled) album, and I think that lends itself to be a good thing. Their self-titled can be a bit much sometimes, especially if you don’t have excellent headphones or something, so you can actually hear what’s going on back there. YFIIP, on the other hand, is still great to rock out to, but maybe a bit easier to listen to, and it has a lot more laid-back moments.

It’s such a varied album, though, that it’s pretty impossible to even say what it’s like as a whole. On one hand you’ve got Almost Crimes and Cause = Time, which are great for rocking out to (I should also include KC Accidental in this category), but then Looks Just Like The Sun and Pacific Theme kind of just make you want to lie down and relax.

There are also the rather strange (even creepy, to an extent) Anthems For A Seventeen-Year-Old Girl and Lover’s Spit. The most apt moment I’ve found so far for listening to is walking down Broadway on a cold, dark, wet night, with hardly anybody around, watching the cars and people go by. The reason for Lover’s Spit being here is pretty self-explanatory once you listen to it…

In another category altogether are Stars and Sons and Late Nineties Bedroom Rock for the Missionaries, both purely sublime, but on a completely different note altogether.

In fact, the whole album is sublime. Buy it! Buy it now! Or download it if you must. I really want it on vinyl…

Oh, and if you ever get the chance to see them live, jump right at it.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Nick permalink
    April 21, 2008 1:28 pm

    I’m still yet to get their self titled.


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