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Broken Social Scene

 

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jumping around the studio waving dirty pom-poms.

Broken Social Scene's last two major albums, both of which won Canada's Juno Award for alternative album of the year, are a mix of instrumentals and tweaked vocals, with the words used for sonic effect or buried in the mix. On "Our Faces Split the Coast in Half," the first track on the band's self-titled 2005 CD, vocals appear briefly, but they're just another instrument. Lazy 1950s horns, hinting at bossa nova, give way to complex drum rhythms shouting back and forth from the left and right speakers. Rough guitars hang in the background, their strings struck percussively. Backward guitars swirl between the horns. The song rides away to the clomp of horses' hooves. That all happens in three minutes and forty-two seconds.

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