You Forgot It In People review by Broken Social Scene

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  • Released: Oct 15, 2002
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 9.9 (14 votes)
Broken Social Scene: You Forgot It In People
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Sound — 10
'You Forgot It In People' is one of those albums with something for everyone, just like Santa's bag. It shows that pop music still can be done with grace and style. These 13 songs have life of their own, they cautivate with their brilliant and magnificent mixture of lyrics, melodies and sounds, and at the same time each song prepare you for the next track. Music just flow without being brusque or monotonous, and without you even noticing it. The variety of instruments in this album is beaten only by the number of members (if you include the guests, they are around 15). Each one of them contribute creating moments of distinction and sublimity during every songs. Vocals are just great. Kevin Drew, Leslie Feist (Almost Crimes) and Emily Haines (Anthems For A Seventeen Year. Old Girl) really know how to get you in the song and be part of it. Of course, not all the song have lyrics. There are 4 instrumentals that bring back some of the 'Feel Good Lost' great moments, songs that are so expressive without using any word at all, because of the intensity of their geniality. This is, by far, a more accessible album than their previous one, it is more coherent, cohesive, and direct. From rock to ballads, from pop to instrumentals, there is not a single song you won't fall in love with. These songs have a magical armony, pure creativity brought them to life.

Lyrics — 10
The lyrics are a case apart, because they show an abstract, obscure and quite unknown side of love and relationships. The song's titles don't give an exact idea of what the lyrics are about, which makes you explore them and be rewarded at the end. It's very difficult to communicate what they did without making some people feel unconfortable or horrified, but these songs prove that music is a real form of expressing your mind because of the song's sincerity and the band's frankness and confidence.

Overall Impression — 10
This album is different, interesting, emotional, thriumphant and original. 'You Forgot It In People' has nothing to complain about, it completely covers and exceeds any possible expectation. After listening to the whole album, you'll just feel delighted knowing these songs are unique. Nothing you've ever heard before can be compared to this record. The sensations and reactions you'll get are hard to describe, because each song takes you to a new different place, a new different dimension. The more you listen to it, the more you like it. A must have for anyone who cares about music as an artform, and anyone who is willing to experiment new things.

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