Broken Social Scene - 7/4 (Shoreline)

James McDonald 27/03/2006

Rating: 3/5

Due to the vast numbers in Broken Social Scene's ranks, they have been dubbed by many as a Canadian Polyphonic Spree. Of course, there is no shame in this tag- it's far more respectable than being listed as a French Travis, or a German anything, but new release “7/4 (shoreline)” must offer enough to all for more independence.

Starting with a jangling acoustic riff, the track rarely looks too far back over it's shoulder, with the addition of a relatively familiar Magic Numbers bass line some bright vocals from various vocalists. However, despite the intrigue and rare glimpses of beauty locked deep withing "7/4", the tune seems to plod along for perhaps a touch too long (assumingly so that every member has their chance to contribute!), and this reduces the quality of the end product somewhat.

That said the, this single is bound to get these plucky boys and girls the exposure they do deserve, and maybe even a few more friends.