Hug of Thunder

Hug of Thunder

by Broken Social Scene


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Hug of Thunder

The fifth full-length outing from the substantial Toronto collective -- this iteration is 15 strong -- the aptly named Hug of Thunder is the band's long-awaited follow-up to 2010's Forgiveness Rock Record. A dense, soul-searching blast of civic-minded indie rock/alt-pop comfort food, the 12-track set is mired in the cultural and political miasma of its time, but Broken Social Scene have always been about community -- Kevin Drew has suggested in interviews that the 2015 terror attacks in Paris served as the impetus for the band's reconvening. Leslie Feist, Emily Haines, and Kevin Drew may serve as the group's ambassadors, but BSS are a ship requiring the whole crew to stay afloat, and Hug of Thunder is buoyant with inclusiveness and cautious hope. The shambolic, post-rock kissing cousins to fellow veteran Canadian pop army New Pornographers, Broken Social Scene's aural emissions may be less confectionary, but they're no less immediate. Forgoing some of the elongated, atmosphere-driven instrumentals that peppered prior outings (wordless opener "Sol Luna" clocks in at just over a minute), things escalate quickly with co-openers "Halfway Home" and "Protest Song," two of the punchiest things the band has offered up in years. They dial it back a bit on the dreamy, Drew-led "Skyline," a lush, midnight highway-ready affair that evokes the easy, classic rock vibe of the War on Drugs, but "Vanity Pail Kids" turns the power back on with a knotty, all-hands-on-deck electro-disco party that sees all three lead vocalists representing. However, it's the wordy, Feist-delivered title cut, a master class in balancing mood and melody, that delivers the album's finest moments, and the best distillation of what makes BSS so venerable.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/07/2017
Label: Arts & Crafts
UPC: 0827590135123
catalogNumber: 901351
Rank: 29020

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Broken Social Scene   Primary Artist
Andrew Whiteman   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Synthesizer Bass,Fuzz Bass
Roger Manning   Vocoder
Brendan Canning   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Synthesizer Bass,Guitar Loops
Charles Spearin   Synthesizer,Guitar,Percussion,Trumpet,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Slide Guitar,farfisa organ,Nyckelharpa,Synthesizer Bass,Hammond B3
Ohad Benchetrit   Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
Evan Cranley   Trombone,Electric Guitar
Kevin Drew   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Strings,Drums,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Beat Box,fender rhodes,Synthesizer Bass,Electronic Drums,Hammond B3
Emily Haines   Vocals,Background Vocals
Justin Peroff   Percussion,Drums
Leslie Feist   Organ,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Dave Hamelin   Vocals
Sam Goldberg   Electric Guitar,Keytar
Ariel Engle   Vocals,Background Vocals
Amy Millan   Vocals,Background Vocals
Julie Penner   Violin
Dave French   Flute,Saxophone
Lisa Lobsinger   Vocals
Shawn Everett   Synthesizer,Background Vocals
Julia Hambleton   Clarinet
Nyles Spencer   Sampling,Synthesizer Bass
Jimmy Shaw   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Joe Chiccarelli   Producer,drum programming
Andrew Whiteman   drum machine
Charles Spearin   drum machine
Kevin Drew   Sound Effects
Nyles Spencer   Producer

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