In the five years that have passed since Broken Social Scene released their last full-length, a lot has gone down. Obamarama. Italy scammed its way to another World Cup final win. Avatar reminded us that imperialism sucks even in 3D. Kim Kardashian became famous for no reason. Animal Collective went from being left field wingnuts to captains of indie rock. The list is long and the shifts are many and whatever I just rattled off most likely makes me look like a guy with a loose grasp on what’s important. But as the core members of BSS got back together after a few years of splintering, they wisely did so with a new producer: Tortoise’s John McEntire. It’s a gutsy move considering how much of the band’s layered, ultra-saturated sound had been seemingly defined by their work with Dave Newfeld at home in Toronto. But the difference is very clear when you hear new track “World Sick.” Despite a near seven-minute running time that’s as sprawling as their lineup and work has often been over the years, this is Broken Social Scene at their most devastatingly direct. Perhaps even their best as well.
Broken Social Scene, World Sick