Music Review: Broken Social Scene recaptures its strength in numbers on Hug Of Thunder

If 2017 is a sort of class reunion for 2000s indie rock—with new albums from Arcade Fire, LCD Soundsystem, Spoon, Phoenix, Fleet Foxes, The National, Grizzly Bear, and Dirty Projectors all appearing in the same calendar year—then the members of Broken Social Scene are the clique that breaks off from the main festivities. “I don’t want to sound too Norman Rockwell about it, but reuniting with those guys is precious to me,” Leslie Feist recently told Stereogum, ahead of her own long-awaited Pleasure. “The fact that we have that place to come together and have a parallel focus? We all have something to contribute to together? It’s great.” That mutual love—the sound of this roving gaggle of Canadian musicians finding their way back to each other, and just getting high off being in each other’s presence again—colors Hug Of Thunder, Broken Social Scene …

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