Broken Social Scene, Forgiveness Rock Record
Somehow, although both Cydney and I talked about posting on it, Broken Social Scene’s new record never got a mention. I always was a lukewarm BSS fan, although “I’m Still Your Fag” has definitely made my drive platter spin on repeat a few times. But this album is something special. Add more structure to your songs AND bring in John McEntire from Tortoise to handle production and drums? Oh boy.
Many of you have heard the knockout single “World Sick” (do click if you haven’t), but “Sentimental X’s” is probably my favorite track.
Janelle Monáe, The ArchAndroid
I have no idea what to make of this record. Pitchfork describes it as a “a futuristic story starring a messianic android” that zips “gleefully from genre to genre, mostly grounded in R&B and funk, but spinning out into rap, pastoral British folk, psychedelic rock, disco, cabaret, cinematic scores, and whatever else strikes her fancy.” It’s the type of album that both shouldn’t be made in this iTunes age. Either great or middling, and I’m leaning towards the former. Since no track is representative of the album, I’m throwing my hands up and posting the very Outkast-y “Tightrope.”
Others in brief
The previously mentioned LCD Soundsystem’s This Is Happening is great. As is the previously mentioned Black Keys’ Brothers. The previously mentioned Band of Horses’ Infinite Arms is not. And we’re not friends if you haven’t listened to Phosphorescent.