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Broken Social Scene Continues to Handsomely Rock Our World

"Please remember your homework on Monday" - Prof. Canning

"Please remember your homework on Monday" - Prof. Canning

Broken Social Scene‘s Brendan Canning’s “Something For All of Us” is the second album in Broken Social Scene’s ongoing series of letting one of their near three million members take the lead on their own album. Their first try, Broken Social Scene’s Kevin Drew’s “Spirit If…“, was an excellent foray into loud, erratic, uneven, completely phenomenal Dinosaur Jr. homage (or Dinosaur Jr. partnership in the case of the single “Backed Out on the…”).  Something For All of Us is more even, a little quieter, put together – but not overproduced – completely phenomenal Dinosaur Jr. homage. Also awesome? Brendan Canning looks like a washed up community college professor.

The first single, “Hit the Wall” (video after the jump) is a solid song that begins to creep up on you after a view listenings when you realize the key change after minute three rocks your goddamned balls off. “Churches Under the Stairs” is a good solid anthem for the end of summer. Like any BSS album there’s at least on gimmick song, in this case “Love is New,” a sort of late 70′s funk rock tune that you can enjoy like an MGMT jam without loosing street cred because, for better or worse, MGMT is over.  All in all, there’s less wandering that “Spirit If…”, save on a few tracks here and there. “Been at It So Long” is the long, pseudo ballad with two vocal parts that kept you listening to “You Forgot it in People” over and over and over again (be honest, you’re still listening to the album, the whole thing, all the way through).  It has a woeful lyrics you’ll pretend to understand, a subtle horn part, and an excellent crescendo to end the song like “Shampoo Suicide” or “It’s all Gonna Break.”

Grievances? Our favorite song “All the Best Wooden Toys Come from Germany” is woefully short at 2:52.  The song is a clear next step after Broken Social Scene’s epci post-rock debut “Feel Good Lost,” but it should be about 12 minutes long. Minimum.

Verdict: A wonderful album that’s more ‘Broken Social Scene-y’ than “Spirit If…”. Broken Social Scene is one of Handsome’s favorite bands and we’re extremely excited to see them play at Sunset Junction.

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