Top 100 Albums of the Decade: #54 Broken Social Scene - You Forgot it in People
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#54 Broken Social Scene - You Forgot it in People
Perhaps the Broken Social Scene album least bolted together, You Forgot It In People comes unhinged in all the right places. Between the mellower debut of Feel Good Lost and the poised noise on their self-titled latest effort, People finds the swarming supergroup embracing the outskirts of the wildfire energy they’re capable of propagating. Opener “Capture the Flag” finds a jittery cluster of bells performing a series of tumbled somersaults, nervously anticipating the rush that is the next track, “KC Accidental.” From there it’s a breakneck, feely footrace to the finish. Mostly led by the lyrical efforts of Kevin Drew, Broken Social Scene proves wild and deep can go hand in hand – that not having your shit together can be a very precise and powerful thing.
Though blow-for-blow this is the most euphoric B.S.S. album, it dips, too. “Anthems for a Seventeen Year-Old Girl” was just that, lampooning Emily Haines’ flanged voice somewhere beyond a subtler-than-subtle string section. And when you’re abandoned you find strength in a mantra; “park that car / drop that phone / sleep on the floor / dream about me,” in addition to being the most adored lyric by all my female friends at the time this album dropped, was a simple reassurance, through its repetitive nature, that things were okay as long as you believed they would be. This was a humanizing pivot in the center of the album, so indicative of why we adore it: People took you up and down like emotional whiplash, left you worn and grateful all at once. Broken Social Scene is proof that, on rare occasions, more is actually better; this is the album where they pull all the racket into their finest effort to date.
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