Broken Social Scene Bee hives

[Arts & Crafts; 2004]

Rating: 4/5

Styles: indie rock
Others: Valley of the Giants, Apostle of Hustle, Metric, KC Accidental, Stars

Who's anxious to hear the new Broken Social Scene album? Don't be shy, we all know how much all of you enjoyed and praised the work on their pivotal You Forgot It In People, so it is agonizingly obvious that many music lovers would anxiously await their proper follow-up with great anticipation. Well here's the scoop: Bee hives is not their new album. Furthermore, the record is a collection of b-sides and reconstructions of previous work released by the group. Yet, Bee hives is an intriguing and mesmerizing compilation of songs that underscores any love you already had for Broken Social Scene. The problem is that most fans may not agree with this musical experimentation.

The beauty of Bee hives is its ingenuity. Even though the record is a collection of odds and sods, many tracks on the record sound refreshingly new and invigorating. This approach seems to take Broken Social Scene into a completely different realm of musicianship, yet you can still hear traces of You Forgot It in People in songs like "Hallmark" and "Marketfresh." Drawing influences from several off-kilter projects, Broken Social Scene have expanded their musical output by collecting several songs together to paint an abstract and disillusioned vision of what their musical productivity should be. Such high profile collaborations like the Valley of the Giants performance are tremendously apparent on "Weddings."

While much of the record lies somewhere between You Forgot It In People and the recently re-released Feel Good Lost, Bee hives is a perfect teaser. Throughout the record, Broken Social Scene establishes an unexplainable sound and execution that leaves many fans dumbfounded at what is to come next from the group in future releases. It's all up in the air at this point. But at the very least, this record leaves many musical doors open and creates a plethora of options for Broken Social Scene. And I assume that is exactly where they want to be.

2. Marketfresh
3. Weddings
4. Hallmark
5. Backyards
6. Da Da Dada
7. Ambulance for the Ambiance
8. Time = Cause
9. Lover's spit