Boomkat Product Review:
The fifth full-length from this most super of Canadian super-groups arrives some five years on from their previous album, but that's an entirely excusable waiting period when you consider just how many busy side-projects are housed within this one band: the tangled roots of BSS' family tree reach out into acts like Feist, Metric, Do Make Say Think, Stars and Apostle Of Hustle while founding members Brendan Canning and Kevin Drew are busy solo artists in their own right. Given the lengthy incubation and the ridiculously extensive personnel list it shouldn't come as too much of a surprise that as a listening experience Forgiveness Rock Record is a fairly immense undertaking, launching with the awesome bluster of 'World Sick' before rattling through thirteen more tracks of densely compacted, John McEntire-produced big-band productions. Thankfully, BSS aren't always maxed-out in top gear and more self-restrained numbers like tuneful mid-tempo rocker 'Forced To Love' work beautifully, as does the almost Tony Allen-like 'Art House Director' - which skillfully adopts fanfaring horns and complex, African influenced drums. One of the very finest Broken Social Scene moments to date comes late on in the tracklist, during the wonderful 'Sentimental Xs', fronted by the band's lady contingent, Leslie Feist, Emily Haines and Amy Millan, who add their vocals to a superb krautrocking soundscape.