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Musical Pairings: Broken Social Scene – Forgiveness Rock Record (paired w/ linguine with clams)

Linguine with clams is a classic spring/summer recipe.  It is flavorful, clean and refreshing.  Plus, Kasey kept things relatively healthy by using whole-wheat linguine, olive oil, white wine, tomatoes, homemade bread crumbs and a collection of fresh herbs with garlic.  As you can tell, there aren’t really that many ingredients in the recipe: it is a simple, direct and flavorful meal.  And the recipe’s simplicity is the only significant way in which it arguably parts ways with today’s pairing – the latest full-length by Broken Social Scene: Forgiveness Rock Record.  Nonetheless, despite the fact that the album consists of 14 expansive, epic tunes that are bursting at the seams, Forgiveness Rock Record is actually the Broken Social Scene version of direct and concise.  The instrumentation is tight and these songs know where they are going, rarely straying off course or meandering.  So it isn’t really that different from the linguine with clamsfeatured on eating/sf.  And what’s more, it also works as a great pairing for this recipe because it is refreshing, upbeat and perfect for the spring/summer.

Although things are somewhat tightened up, the band has actually grown.  In addition to Broken Social Scene founders Kevin Drew and  Brendan Canning, the album features a lengthy list of additional musicians including Charles Spearin, Andrew Whiteman, Sam Goldberg, Justin Peroff, Feist, Amy Millan and Evan Cranley of Stars, Emily Haines and Jimmy Shaw of Metric, Jason Collett, Sam Prekop from The Sea and Cake, Ohad Benchetrit of Do Make Say Think and Years, and more.  And the Broken Social Scene “sound” has grown as well.  For a band that was received by the indie-loving world (on their sophomore album) with singles as sonically diverse as “Stars & Sons,” “Almost Crimes (Radio Kills Remix),” “Anthems for a Seventeen Year-Old Girl,” and “Lover’s Spit,”  on their latest the collective pushes their boundaries in every possible direction with the exception of experimenting with the possibility of being musically understated.  In fact, the only things that tracks like “World Sick,” “Texico Bitches,” “Forced to Love,” “Art House Director,” “Ungrateful Little Father,” and “Sentimental X’s” have in common is that they sound thoroughly grandiose and unbound.  There is a little something here for fans of any of their other albums or other bands.  It’s definitely an album worth adding to your library, the question, though, is this: do you go to iTunes and get it digitally, buy it on 2xLP vinyl, or 7×10″ limited edition box set.

Broken Social Scene – World Sick
Broken Social Scene – Forced to Love

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Posted by Matthew Hickey

Matthew is the music editor and co-founder of Turntable Kitchen. He’s addicted to vinyl records, pour over coffee, craft beer, small batch bourbon, and pan roasting pork chops.

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