Broken Social Scene, Forgiveness Rock Record [Arts & Crafts]

Broken Social Scene hit the ground running this May with the release of its fifth full-length, Forgiveness Rock Record, a diverse mixture of ear candy and triumphant jams.
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Broken Social Scene hit the ground running this May with the release of its fifth full-length, Forgiveness Rock Record, a diverse mixture of ear candy and triumphant jams. In the past, the indie rockers’ roster has ranged from six to 19 members, with a commensurately large and involved web of sounds, dynamic orchestration, and eclectic takes on composition. Forgiveness Rock Record holds true to this standard, with each track taking on a whole new breath of its own. There is an interesting dichotomy woven throughout the album. Lo-def sound and high concept instrumentation and effects create diverse landscapes. Bassist Brendan Canning keeps the pulse of the album alive with riveting moments in “Texico Bitches,” and relays a sensual side in the “Sweetest Kill.” The seraphic voicing of Emily Haines, Leslie Feist, and Amy Millan adds a whole other element of beauty to Forgiveness Rock Record. —Beth Kaczmarek

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