It pleases me to no end then when I was completely enchanted with Forgiveness Rock Record, the Toronto collective's forthcoming album (out May 4th). This marks the group's first album since their self-titled 2005 release.
The core of the rotating BSS line-up this time around is comprised of stalwarts Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning, along with (now Juno Award-winning) Charles Spearin, Andrew Whiteman, Justin Peroff, Lisa Lobsinger, and Sam Goldberg. Pitching in are alumni Feist, Amy Millan, and Emily Haines, as well as members of Tortoise and Sea & Cake.
Forgiveness Rock Record may be BSS's most diverse effort to date. The sprawling epic and album opener "World Sick" hearkens back to countless previous BSS songs, but it gets far more intriguing from there.
The group explore everything from orchestral pop ("Chase Scene", "Meet Me In the Basement"), to cacophonous rock ("Water In Hell"), to electronic bubbles and beats ("All To All"). Art rock gets a makeover with the Sonic Youth-worthy "Texico Bitches", while a horn flourish highlights the jangly "Art House Director". The lo-fi, near Eels-esque "Ungrateful Little Father" and the almost whimsical "Sentimental X's" keep the listener on his or her toes.
In the end the diversity and melody may very well make Forgiveness Rock Record BSS's most engaging and accessible album to date.
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Best tracks: "Art House Director", "Texico Bitches"
Track listing for Forgiveness Rock Record:
- World Sick
- Chase Scene
- Texico Bitches
- Forced To Love
- All To All
- Art House Director
- Highway Slipper Jam
- Ungrateful Little Father
- Meet Me In the Basement
- Sentimental X's
- Sweetest Kill
- Romance To the Grave
- Water In Hell
- Me and My Hand
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