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Broken Social Scene
Bee Hives (Arts & Crafts)

By: Cam Lindsay

There wasn't a person in the world that didn't love Broken Social Scene's 2002 breakthrough album, You Forgot It In People. And if there was, they obviously weren't listening. While we wait on our tippy toes with fingers crossed for the follow-up, the collective has unleashed their b-sides and rarities for a compilation. Bee Hives should not be considered the successor. It is far too removed from You Forgot 's groovy, indie-jam-rock, and more relevant to the improvisational atmospherics from their debut, Feel Good Lost. Labeled as "songs for the come down", there isn't any evidence here of the band that people fell for. "Weddings" has a pitter-patter pace that never takes any shape; "Da Da Da Da" floats in post-rock nothingness for a majority, only briefly reprising the role of "Cause=Time" before it transforms back into quiet; and "hHallmark", sounds like a completely different band, working programmed beats into a melange of beautiful noise. The remix/reworking of "Cause=Time", entitled, "Time=Cause" is perhaps the biggest disappointment, sucking out all of the song's vital energy for a lethargic abstraction. The lonely piano accompanying Leslie Feist's shuddered vocals on "Lover's Spit" is even more radiant than the original, but by that time, it's a little too late. This isn't a sign that their next album will be a letdown because it should always be realized that this is a batch of throwaway songs, however, if they had just thrown in "Do The 95" as a hidden track for a little turmoil, things would have been much brighter.
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