You Forgot It in People

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You Forgot It in People
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Studio album by Broken Social Scene
Released October 15, 2002
Recorded December 2001–July 2002
Genre Indie rock, baroque pop
Length 56:11
Label Arts & Crafts
Paper Bag
Producer David Newfeld
Broken Social Scene chronology
Feel Good Lost
(2001)
You Forgot It in People
(2002)
Bee Hives
(2004)
2003 reissue cover

You Forgot It in People is a 2002 album by Broken Social Scene. It followed Feel Good Lost, and was the band's commercial breakthrough. You Forgot It in People features intricate, experimental production techniques and a large number of instruments coinciding with the band's vastly expanded size. Local hype for the album was so big that initial pressings sold out quickly, causing the need for a 2003 reissue.[1]

Music videos were made for "Stars and Sons", "Cause = Time", "Almost Crimes (Radio Kills Remix)", "Lover's Spit", and "I'm Still Your Fag".[2] The album also features "Anthems for a Seventeen Year-Old Girl" and "Lover's Spit", two songs that went on to become the band's biggest fan favourites.[citation needed]

The songs that did not make it onto the album were featured in a B-sides compilation entitled Bee Hives, released in 2004.

Music[edit]

After releasing Feel Good Lost, Broken Social Scene changed their style from making ambient instrumental songs to full-blown rock songs.[3] As they expanded to an 11 piece collective, Broken Social Scene used a variety of sounds for the album.[4][5] Reflecting on this, frontman Kevin Drew said "I was scared to see if people were going to embrace the idea of a whole shitload of sounds on one album."[6] You Forgot It in People also progresses to "proper" song style with defined verses and choruses.[5]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 86/100[7]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[3]
Kludge 9/10[8]
Now 5/5[9]
Pitchfork Media 9.2/10[10]
Q 4/5 stars[11]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[12]
Spin B+[13]
Stylus Magazine A−[14]
Tiny Mix Tapes 5/5[15]

The album received high acclaim from music critics, according to review aggregate site Metacritic, the album received a normalized score of 86 out of 100 based on 18 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim". Reviews for the album were almost unanimously positive.[7] Pitchfork Media's Ryan Schreiber gave the album a 9.2 out of 10 saying "You Forgot It in People explodes with song after song of endlessly re-playable, perfect pop."[10] The songs "Cause = Time" and "Stars and Sons" are listed at No. 145 and No. 275 on Pitchfork Media's Top 500 Songs of the 2000s list, respectively.[16][17] A Kludge writer called it a "majestic" album, in which the group created a "unique sound of lush instrumentation."[8] A Tiny Mix Tapes review stated that "[the album is] one of the best albums to come out of anywhere, really."[15] A PopMatters review for the album was positive, although criticized the song "I'm Still Your Fag" for its "uncomfortably graphic lyrics".[1] Conversely, Robert Christgau of The Village Voice selected "Almost Crimes (Radio Kills Remix)" as a "choice cut",[18] indicating a "good song on an album that isn't worth your time or money."[19] In 2003, the album won the Juno Award for Alternative Album of the Year.[4] The album received the following accolades:

Publication List Place
Pitchfork Media The Top 100 Albums of 2000−04[20] 27
Staff Lists: The Top 200 Albums of the 2000s[6] 23
Rhapsody Alt/Indie's Best Album of the Decade[21] 9
Stylus Top 50 Albums: 2000−2005[22] 7

Usage in other media[edit]

The song "Anthems for a Seventeen Year-Old Girl" appears on the soundtrack of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World as well as Snow Cake.[23][24] "Shampoo Suicide" was also used in the film Half Nelson. The song "Lover's Spit" appears on the soundtrack of Showtime's Queer as Folk. References are also made to "Lover's Spit" in the song Ribs by New Zealand singer Lorde.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning.

  1. "Capture the Flag" – 2:08
  2. "KC Accidental" – 3:50
  3. "Stars and Sons" – 5:08
  4. "Almost Crimes (Radio Kills Remix)" – 4:22
  5. "Looks Just Like the Sun" – 4:23
  6. "Pacific Theme" – 5:09
  7. "Anthems for a Seventeen Year-Old Girl" – 4:35
  8. "Cause = Time" – 5:30
  9. "Late Nineties Bedroom Rock for the Missionaries" – 3:46
  10. "Shampoo Suicide" – 4:05
  11. "Lover's Spit" – 6:22
  12. "I'm Still Your Fag" – 4:23
  13. "Pitter Patter Goes My Heart" – 2:26

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Begrand, Adrien (6 June 2003). "Broken Social Scene: You Forgot It in People". PopMatters. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "Broken Social Scene Videos". Official Broken Social Scene website. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Carruthers, Sean. "You Forgot It in People – Broken Social Scene". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Wilson, MacKenzie. "Broken Social Scene". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Siebelt, Olli (13 August 2003). "Review of Broken Social Scene – You Forgot It In People". BBC Music. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Ryan Dombal (1 October 2009). "Staff Lists: The Top 200 Albums of the 2000s: 50-21". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "Reviews for You Forgot It In People by Broken Social Scene". Metacritic. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 
  8. ^ a b Parise, Joseph. "Broken Social Scene: You Forgot It in People". Kludge. Archived from the original on 5 January 2004. Retrieved 9 December 2009. 
  9. ^ Galloway, Matt (12 December 2002). "Scene Breaks". Now. Retrieved 9 December 2009. 
  10. ^ a b Schreiber, Ryan (2 February 2003). "Broken Social Scene: You Forgot It in People". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 
  11. ^ "Broken Social Scene: You Forgot It in People". Q (207): 100. October 2003. 
  12. ^ Friedland, Benjamin (19 August 2003). "Broken Social Scene: You Forgot It In People". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 29 May 2009. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 
  13. ^ "Breakdown". Spin. 19 (9): 115. September 2003. Retrieved 11 January 2016. 
  14. ^ Estefan, Kareem (1 September 2003). "Broken Social Scene – You Forgot It In People – Review". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 
  15. ^ a b Amneziak. "Broken Social Scene – You Forgot It in People". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 
  16. ^ "Staff Lists: The Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s: 200-101". Pitchfork Media. 18 August 2009. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 
  17. ^ "Staff Lists: The Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s: 500-201". Pitchfork Media. August 17, 2009. Archived from the original on May 16, 2012. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 
  18. ^ Christgau, Robert (13 January 2004). "Consumer Guide: MLK Fever". The Village Voice. Retrieved 15 January 2016. 
  19. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Key to Icons". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved 15 January 2016. 
  20. ^ Brian Howe (7 February 2005). "Staff Lists: The Top 100 Albums of 2000−04". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 
  21. ^ Stephanie Benson (23 November 2009). "Alt/Indie's Best Album of the Decade". Rhapsody. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 
  22. ^ Nick Mims. "Top 50 Albums: 2000-2005". Stylus. Archived from the original on December 6, 2012. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 
  23. ^ Phares, Heather. "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World - Various Artists". Allmusic. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 
  24. ^ "Snow Cake (2006) - Soundtracks". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 21 December 2011.