Pop & Rock: Year in Review 2010

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Pop & Rock: Year in Review 2010
14. Broken Social Scene Forgiveness Rock Record (Arts and Crafts)
Sure, you're the kings and queens of Toronto ― all the more reason to decamp to Chicago and be forced to focus. After endless solo projects, an oral history book, a concert movie, and the threat of saturation, Broken Social Scene rallied the troops, put pop hooks front and centre, and let producer John McEntire craft the background chaos into tasty textural bits, while drummer Justin Peroff evolved into the band's secret star. BSS's blend of boisterous guitar rock, glimmering electronics and bold brass sections has never sounded so powerful and convincing ― it's the sound of a band that never wants to be taken for granted again.
Michael Barclay

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