In the mid-’00s, this Toronto band (currently
numbering 15 members) could rival Arcade Fire in its bighearted gravitas.
Broken Social Scene also played a big role in the careers of Feist and Metric’s
Emily Haines, who are both on board for the band’s first LP since 2010. Haines
sings “Protest Song,” advising “take it like you’re strong”
over sharp guitar flares and a gingerly charging beat, while Feist takes over
on the Kate Bush-esque title track. The standout is “Halfway Home,”
on which Bruce Springsteen and My Bloody Valentine meet up in the space between
anxiety and uplift where this band does its best work.