Sound — 10
Like the tide of bands like the Stars and Metric, Broken Social Scene also uses some electronic sounds/beats, and some very interesting instruments along with the normal guitars, drums, bass instruments. They focus a lot more on sound than lyrics, and they try to find interesting ways to do new things. All of their music is very innovative and powering. It really moves you and takes you to another frame of mind. From the opener, "Capture The Flag"'s melodic, no-lyric calling to the ending song, "Pitter Patter Goes My Heart"'s 2+ minutes of violins, you get an array of feelings that are so diverse they're hard to describe.
Lyrics — 8
Only a little over half the songs have lyrics, but when there is lyrics, they're amazing. Though, some are a little uncalled for, and don't always comply 100% with the song's natural feel. They explore themes that only some artists are beginning to dive into, and they make you feel uneasy and timid. Their lyrics have such a powerful effect on you. There's, I believe, 11 people in the band and 4 of them switch off on vocal duties. 3 men and one woman.
Overall Impression — 10
I love pretty much everything about this album because Broken Social Scene is so original and a breath of fresh air for the music community in general (the indie community has it's own helium machine with all the crazy music in it). I really enjoy "KC Accidental" (the bands old name) because it's the perfect choice for the second track. It warps you into the album. "Stars And Sons," "Anthems For A Seventeen Year Old Girl," and "Lover's Spit" really stand out. Even their instrumental songs will stand above other band's vocal songs. Broken Social Scene's music grasps your mind, makes it stand at attntion, and demands to challenge it.