By David Peter Simon | July 4th, 2011
I love discovering old albums again. You know, the ones that were on daily repeat for a while but then suddenly were gone from your life, and (almost just as quickly) are back again. These are the best types of albums — ones that you can listen to over and over again, allowing you to realize and then reflect upon the differences in times and places you were at when listening endlessly before. Albums like this are what connecting to music should be all about. And let’s be real here: there’s no greater album to dig up then Broken Social Scene’s masterpiece You Forgot It In People.
So, I recently moved to a new city and I must admit it’s always a bit awkward moving in with new roommates. Trust me, I’ve done it eight times in the past four years. I mean, you never know how people will act, let alone what music they will like to listen to. Luckily for me, my roommate Sascha Kenny not only writes for Clash magazine but also listens to some of great music. I couldn’t have found myself in better company; You Forgot It In People was one of the first albums I found on his iTunes.
Seriously now, is there a better album than You Forgot It In People? This a real question posed to you, the reader. Try and figure one out for yourself and I dare you to post it in the comments. What other album goes from ambient mellowness to rock explosiveness? Tell me who else can pull off seamlessly transitioning from a song like “Anthems for a Seventeen Year Old Girl” to “Cause = Time”? What other female/male combo like Kevin Drew and Leslie Feist/Emily Mortimer make a song as fun as “Almost Crimes”? Fuck, just peek their YouTube video to see how incredibly fun it can be to dance to this song.
It’s pointless playing this game. Broken Social Scene is our generation’s version of The Beatles, and luckily for us they are even cooler. Who else in recent indie history has had such an eclectic and talented group of musicians come together to create an album this timeless? Further, what other collective has spawned off as many acts as BSS has? If you’re curious, they are currently the creative geniuses behind Thee Silver Mt. Zion, Metric, Feist, Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton, Stars, Do Make Say Think, Apostle of Hustle, By Divine Right, and the Valley of the Giants. Yeah, talk about superstars.
Anyways, I don’t really need to say anything more. You know I’m right — this album literally fucking rocks. And if you were lucky enough to see them live before they got all too busy to jam with each other, treasure those musical memories — they’ll be the ones you tell your grand-kids about.