Broken Social Scene (album)

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Broken Social Scene
Broken Social Scene Album Cover.png
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 4, 2005
GenreIndie rock
LabelArts & Crafts
ProducerDavid Newfeld
Broken Social Scene chronology
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Broken Social Scene is the third studio album by Broken Social Scene, released on October 4, 2005. In addition to the musicians who contributed to the band's prior release You Forgot It in People, new contributors on Broken Social Scene include k-os, Jason Tait (The Weakerthans) and Murray Lightburn (The Dears).

The initial domestic pressings of the album were issued with a seven-track bonus EP, EP to Be You and Me, a play on Marlo Thomas' children's record album Free to Be... You and Me. The Japanese release is still issued with the EP. The vinyl pressing was released on two records, the first three sides being the album and the fourth being the EP.

The album was certified Gold in Canada on September 14, 2012.[1]


The album was originally to be titled Windsurfing Nation.[2] Additionally, the original artwork was to be a cartoon rendition of Pangaea, which was later scrapped in favor of the current artwork drawn by lead singer Kevin Drew.

The song "Ibi Dreams of Pavement (A Better Day)" refers to Canadian novelist Ibi Kaslik, a friend of the band. It is also suggested that Broken Social Scene is used as basis for a band that appears in Kaslik's second novel The Angel Riots, about a rising indie rock band from Montreal. Kaslik attended the Etobicoke School of the Arts with members of the band and helped them on their first tour of Canada and the United States. Although Kaslik stated "It's definitely based on a world that I know", she brushed off claims that the connection goes very deep, saying "it would be mistaken and scurrilous to try to identify individual people".[3] She warns against "scouring the pages for thinly disguised characterizations of [...] Kevin Drew, [...] Emily Haines or [...] Amy Millan".[3]

Awards and reviews[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[5]
Blender4/5 stars[6]
The Guardian3/5 stars[7]
Mojo4/5 stars[8]
Q3/5 stars[11]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[12]
Uncut4/5 stars[14]

At the 2006 Juno Awards it won the award for Alternative Album of the Year. It was also shortlisted for the 2006 Polaris Music Prize.

However, the album divided critics more than its predecessor, 2002's You Forgot It in People. Whereas the earlier album had received almost universal critical praise, Broken Social Scene's looser, less structured songs were praised by some critics, but derided by others as self-indulgent and sloppy. Nevertheless, the album reached the number-one position on American college charts and received widespread critical acclaim in the UK.[citation needed] As of 2008, sales in the United States have exceeded 108,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.[15]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning.

1."Our Faces Split the Coast in Half"3:42
2."Ibi Dreams of Pavement (A Better Day)"4:27
3."7/4 (Shoreline)"4:53
4."Finish Your Collapse and Stay for Breakfast"1:24
5."Major Label Debut"4:28
6."Fire Eye'd Boy"3:59
7."Windsurfing Nation"4:36
10."Handjobs for the Holidays"4:39
13."Tremoloa Debut"0:59
14."It's All Gonna Break"9:55

EP to Be You and Me[edit]

1."Her Disappearing Theme"2:54
2."Canada vs. America"6:08
3."Baroque Social"3:02
4."No Smiling Darkness/Snake Charmers Association"5:37
5."All My Friends"2:42
6."Major Label Debut (Fast)"3:12
7."Feel Good Lost Reprise"3:02

Despite the EP having a limited release, two music videos were made for the songs, "Her Disappearing Theme" and "Major Label Debut (Fast)".


  1. "Ibi Dreams of Pavement (A Better Day)" b/w "All the Gods" (2005, 7")
  2. "7/4 (Shoreline)" b/w "Stars and Spit" (2006, 7")
  3. "7/4 (Shoreline)" b/w "Stars and Spit" & "Death Cock" (2006, CDS)
  4. "Fire Eye'd Boy" b/w "Canada vs. America (Exhaust Pipe Remix)" (2006, 7")


In popular culture[edit]

The instrumental introduction to "7/4 (Shoreline)" is used as the theme music for CBC Radio One's Mainstreet programme broadcast on CBHA in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


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  2. ^ Perez, Rodrigo (2005-07-15). "Broken Social Scene's Hard Road To Windsurfing Nation - Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV. Retrieved 2012-02-08.
  3. ^ a b Wagner, Vit (2008-03-27). "Kaslik draws on indie band connection for novel". The Toronto Star. Toronto: Torstar. Retrieved 2008-09-18.
  4. ^ "Reviews for Broken Social Scene by Broken Social Scene". Metacritic. Retrieved May 12, 2012.
  5. ^ Wilson, MacKenzie. "Broken Social Scene – Broken Social Scene". AllMusic. Retrieved May 12, 2012.
  6. ^ "Broken Social Scene: Broken Social Scene". Blender (41): 135. October 2005.
  7. ^ Simpson, Dave (January 27, 2006). "Broken Social Scene, Broken Social Scene". The Guardian. Retrieved May 12, 2012.
  8. ^ "Broken Social Scene: Broken Social Scene". Mojo (146): 119. January 2006.
  9. ^ "Broken Social Scene: Broken Social Scene". NME: 29. February 4, 2006.
  10. ^ Dombal, Ryan (October 3, 2005). "Broken Social Scene: Broken Social Scene". Pitchfork. Retrieved May 12, 2012.
  11. ^ "Broken Social Scene: Broken Social Scene". Q (234): 125. January 2006.
  12. ^ Ringen, Jonathan (November 21, 2005). "Broken Social Scene: Broken Social Scene". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on March 16, 2008. Retrieved May 12, 2012.
  13. ^ Day, Adrienne (October 2005). "Broken Social Scene: Broken Social Scene + EP to Be You and Me / Metric: Live It Out". Spin. 21 (10): 138–40. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  14. ^ "Broken Social Scene: Broken Social Scene". Uncut (104): 100. January 2006.
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