Album Review

Forgiveness Rock Record

Forgiveness Rock Record

by Broken Social Scene


Arts & Crafts
4 / 10
6/05/2010

Reviewed by Brannavan Gnanalingam


Call me confused, but I’ve never really got Broken Social Scene. Sure, they can write some good songs, and their guitar onslaught can transcend at points, but their overall music is, to be frank, kinda unmemorable. Forgiveness Rock Record doesn’t really alter that opinion – adequate songs whose lack of originality or dynamism belies the band’s critical adoration. Forgiveness Rock Record is a bit of a mess, in which the good moments are largely overshadowed by filler and unconvincing doodling, and whose eccentricities sound kinda forced.

Part of the problem is that the album is heavily let down by some truly trite lyrics and some insipid melodies. The band had always masqueraded as somewhat immature in their use of words (despite being read as apparently cathartic or honest), and ‘Texico Bitches’ for example contains some of the most annoying lyric construction heard all year, with a repeated refrain of “Texico Bitches” which sounds adolescently provocative (i.e. try-hard), and which ruins a catchy guitar riff. ‘Ungrateful Little Father’ is almost as bad lyrically, and unfortunately doesn’t have anything good musically to save it. ‘Art House Director’ and ‘Highway Slipper Jam’ meander along with unconvincing melodies, gutting what little momentum the album has by the midpoint. It’s an indictment that the album’s best track, the stomping ‘Meet Me in the Basement’ features no lyrics. Other moments, featuring a who’s who of indie castmembers, feel wasted.

The overall album is funkier and more eclectic than much of BSS’s previous output, but the album does little to work on dynamics or tension or anything which would make this approach particularly distinctive. While their albums have always had a post-rock quality to them, despite them being largely guitar driven songs – album opener ‘World Sick’ works in this way for example - this album lacks the payoff required for such an approach. Forgiveness Rock Record largely misses the mark due to its scattergun approach and half-baked ideas. And while there are some interesting moments such as the pizzicato strings dancing against the propulsive rhythms of ‘All to All’, the Prince-like funk climax of ‘Chase Scene’, or as previously mentioned ‘Meet Me in the Basement’, the overall album is too derivative and too disjointed to be particularly notable.





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Broken Path?
Did you even listen to the record, let alone check out the liner notes, you pretentious twat?
Furthermore, do you know what musical dynamics even are? Judging by your criticism of the apparent lack of them on this album, you don't. Even colloquially, "eclectic" and "dynamic" are cousin words, if not exactly synonyms. Kind of contradictory, really. When you spelled out your dislike for a band in the first line, I wasn't really expecting objectivity, but this is embarrassing.
Posted by mother-fuck - anonymous 6 years ago

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Agreed. Forgiveness Rock Record is an amazing album.
Posted by - anonymous 6 years ago

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Another vote here for you're a twat and two for this is an amazing album. P4k gave it an 8.4 if you were interested in what real music journalists thought of it.
Posted by 4703 6 years ago

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Yep, this is a bullshit review.
Posted by - anonymous 6 years ago

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Musical dynamics? That's just a term reviewers use for not knowing what to say about something. For someone whose also printed in the dom post its almost suprising they don't know shit.
Posted by - anonymous 6 years ago

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Some fired-up indie kids getting amongst it!
Posted by Chill Winston - anonymous 6 years ago

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Yeah shot 'Timz0r', all reviewers should just base their reviews on pitchfork eh!?! that'd be mint - and not boring at all.
Douche chill...
Posted by Mr. Peterson - anonymous 6 years ago

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shutup
Posted by - anonymous 6 years ago

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I'm not surprised you gave it a shit review seeing you've never "got" BSS.

Your loss man.
Posted by Luci - anonymous 6 years ago

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I agree, a terrible review for an excellent album - and the very best news on top of a great album - they are coming to Wgtn - have begged for this and yeah!!!
Mostly agree with your reviews, but this.....not sure how you got it so wrong (well from where I am standing!)
They are not like any other bands or collectives around - well they started the whole collective thing anyway!
Have been waiting expectantly for this album - and well I have not been disappointed.

Posted by mickey - anonymous 6 years ago



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