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All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
Although Spirit If... is officially a Kevin Drew release, based on the number of Broken Social Scene members, associates, and friends who appear on it, the fact that the song "TBTF" appears on BSS's MySpace site, and that the actual album cover itself reads "Broken Social Scene Presents: Kevin Drew," it's pretty easy to believe the lead singer and co-founder is just acting as a front for the entire band. Not that anyone in the Toronto-based collective has ever shunned the idea of collaborations: even on more traditional "solo" work, there's always been the idea that guest artists, those who make up the group, can bring immeasurable advantages with their own personal ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
Although Spirit If... is officially a Kevin Drew release, based on the number of Broken Social Scene members, associates, and friends who appear on it, the fact that the song "TBTF" appears on BSS's MySpace site, and that the actual album cover itself reads "Broken Social Scene Presents: Kevin Drew," it's pretty easy to believe the lead singer and co-founder is just acting as a front for the entire band. Not that anyone in the Toronto-based collective has ever shunned the idea of collaborations: even on more traditional "solo" work, there's always been the idea that guest artists, those who make up the group, can bring immeasurable advantages with their own personal expertise and ideas. So such is the attitude behind Spirit If..., an album that, while it certainly doesn't break from the subtly ornate, orchestral lushness that Broken Social Scene does so well, is able to play a little more with sparseness, with the meaning behind rests and pauses. "Broke Me Up" has a nice indie country feel, complete with slide guitar and a piano that does more than simply add depth and layers to the background, but actually takes something that resembles a solo, as Drew sings in a sad whisper. The vocals, too, are mixed at a level that allows comprehension, even if the words themselves aren't always understood. But Drew is more about overall effect and atmosphere than the significance found in individual songs and phrases -- which excuses the fact that a lot of things he says don't make a lot of sense -- and also means that Spirit If... is the kind of album that takes some time to set in, whose melodies and acoustic guitar backgrounds and occasional burst of anger need the luxury of distance and reflection to truly find their place. This doesn't mean that there aren't some great moments here -- the dark, pulsating Greg Dulli-inspired "Frightening Lives," the wonderful chamber pop of "Bodhi Sappy Weekend," which features the background vocal talents of Feist -- but the record is focused more on the future, on creating an impression, than on immediate satisfaction, giving it an appeal that only strengthens as time goes on, and making Spirit If... another impressive, affective release in the ever-growing Broken Social Scene catalog.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/18/2007
  • Label: Arts & Crafts
  • UPC: 827590270022
  • Catalog Number: 02700
  • Sales rank: 113,405

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kevin Drew Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Drums, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, fender rhodes, Synthesizer Strings, Key Bass
Tom Cochrane Background Vocals
J Mascis Guitar, Vocals
David Mitchell Drums
Gonzales Piano
Andrew Whiteman Guitar
Bill Priddle Background Vocals
Spiral Stairs Guitar
James Shaw Trumpet, Vocals
J. Shaw Trumpet, Vocals
Jason Tate Vibes
Dave Newfeld Acoustic Guitar, Bongos
Brendan Canning Bass, Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Knee Slaps
Jason Collett Background Vocals
Andrew Kenny Vocals, Vibes
Charles Spearin Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Trumpet, Drums, Keyboards, Tambourine, Bells, Mellotron, Slide Guitar, Humming, Synthesizer Pads
Ohad Benchetrit Bass, Clarinet, Flute, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Saxophone, Slide Guitar
Evan Cranley Trombone, Vocals
Emily Haines Vocals, Background Vocals
Justin Peroff Drums
Feist Vocals, Background Vocals
Amy Millan Vocals, Background Vocals
Julie Penner Violin
J. "Big Yog" Tate Vibes
Jason Tate Vibes
Julie Peroff Drums
Joules Scott Key Drums
Technical Credits
Charles Spearin Producer, Audio Production
Ohad Benchetrit Producer, Engineer
Kevin Drew Producer, drum machine, Artwork, Audio Production, Acoustic Treatments
Phil Demetro Contributor, Mastering
Eric Yealland Spiritual Advisor
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