With seventeen members currently occupying the group, it is no wonder we have had to wait so long for a new Broken Social Scene album. With seven years passed since their last full-length 'Forgiveness Rock Record', the individual members have all been off exploring new avenues in their careers during their hiatus. But just like all gap years, going away and trying something different ultimately leads to new inspirations on your return home, and this new record is filled with interesting and dexterous influences.
While their previous albums were mainly occupied with subtle harmonies and a more subdued approach, 'Hug Of Thunder' is one enjoyable and explosive track after the next. It is clear that a huge amount of positive energy has come over the group in writing this release, giving it a whole new atmosphere that will not only appease their long-waiting fanbase, but see them reestablish themselves in this new era of contemporary music.
And in a year that has already seen its fair share of comeback records, Broken Social Scene's return is so far one of the biggest stand-outs of the year. A brilliantly written and produced record that manages the show of the band's eclectic ambitions yet remain succinct throughout.