TOP TRACK: “KC Accidental”
For their sophomore effort, Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning gathered their friends from the Toronto indie music scene and together released one of the greatest albums ever made. Broken Social Scene today are more a collective than a band, with Drew and Canning acting as the spearheads of the group.
For this motley crew to record such an organized album testifies to both the songwriting and the strength of the band as a whole. Featuring artists like Feist and members of Metric, Stars and Do Make Say Think, the album has become a bastion of contemporary Canadian music – not to mention the crown jewel of the Arts&Crafts record label.
The hype is justified, of course. It would be pointless to contest the unbridled, guitar- and horn-driven energy in “Almost Crimes,” the post-rock glory of “KC Accidental” or Emily Haines’ soft-spoken vocals in “Anthems for a Seventeen Year Old Girl.”
You Forgot It in People represented a stratospheric leap for Broken Social Scene. Few acts in history have accomplished such a feat, much less on their second album.
— Eric Vilas-Boas