The Most Serene Republic

...And The Ever Expanding Universe (Arts & Crafts)


Rating: NNN


These kids from Milton, Ontario, have always been Broken Social Scene’s nerdy musical siblings made good, so it’s no surprise that both BSS producer Dave Newfeld and the Grade 11 orchestra from Etobicoke School of the Arts – Kevin Drew’s former high school – appear on their third long-player.

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The album begins with peppy Bubble Reputation and upbeat Heavens To Purgatory before experimenting with weirder fare like orchestral instrumental Patternicity and ethereal, overly complex All Of One Is The Other. There’s plenty of the intelligent, expansive instrumentation that’s earned TMSR their band-geek badges, but despite a strong finish, Universe lacks a life-changing single.

Top track: Don’t Hold Back, Feel A Little Longer

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