Many musicians, especially those who feel creatively stifled by working in a larger group context, use solo recordings to showcase unknown facets of their artistry, getting down with a new cast of players and recording something completely different.
That's not the case with this 'solo' venture by Broken Social Scene co-founder Kevin Drew. It's definitely not the rap-metal opera based on the life of late Leafs star Tim Horton he's always wanted to make but the player-haters in the group would never allow.
On the contrary, Spirit If, the first in a planned series of Broken Social Scene Presents releases, sounds very much like the disjointed collection of rickety epics about fucking and frustration you'd expect from a BSS disc. That's probably because Drew recorded all the tracks with his BSS bandmates (along with a few other pals) on days off between gigs over a two year period.
So what you get is just a more concentrated version of Drew's BSS vision, with all his fractured after-hours anthems sung in his own torn and frayed style. BSS fans will welcome it, but the rest of us will have to wait for the real Kevin Drew solo album.