Broken Social Scene | A Review of Forgiveness Rock Record

Broken Social Scene formed in 1999 out of various Toronto based indie musicians. Less of a supergroup and more setting induced coalition, Broken Social Scene has had over twenty members come and go… and then come back again for the past decade. The band’s line up is always a bit of a mystery except for the band’s founders Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning. As their fourth studio album Forgiveness Rock Record, those involved this time around have created palatable set of tracks dipped in jittery rhythms, interwoven with synth loops of every imaginable kind. There is a range and variety that comes with Forgiveness Rock Record moving from dance numbers like the track All to All to much less synthetic sounding tracks such as Art House Director which is peppered with horns and vocal harmonies.

As for the value of this album, well it might depend more on the popularity of the group rather than the actual fidelity of the songs. In comparison to other indie acts currently grinding away trying to come up with something interesting, what you get on Forgiveness Rock Record is on the more pedestrian side of things. A nice, easy to swallow dose of musical styles, and that’s not a bad thing. This album is sort of a snap shot of what is going on in the indie scene in that part of Canada.

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