My third time seeing Broken Social Scene played out pretty much like my first — which also took place at Pitchfork. Everyone else seemed to be having a great time, but I couldn’t help from feeling antsy and checking the time every few minutes. The second time I saw them (Lollapalooza) was pretty good and definitely amped up my limited fandom, but this one was a step backwards.
I do have to say that the songs from their new record sounded better live than they do on the LP. “World Sick” benefitted from the live punch, as did “Forced to Love.” The problem is that neither they, nor any of the older tracks managed to hit the high water mark they established last time I saw them. And really, if Besnard Lakes can absolutely bowl me over with a song I’ve never heard before (“And This Is What We Call Progress”), BSS should be able to entertain me with songs I know.
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