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Hug Of Thunder

Broken Social Scene

Hug Of Thunder

Fifth full-length studio album from the Canadian dream pop / art rock collective

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  1. 9.0 |   The Quietus

    It is awfully, awfully good. It’s brilliant. It’s the record Broken Social Scene have always had within them, but perhaps never quite achieved
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  2. 8.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Broken Social Scene seem to have dug deep and resurfaced with a rejuvenated and freshly realised verve
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  3. 8.4 |   Pitchfork

    The band sounds focused and renewed, invigorated by the missionary spirit of their best work
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  4. 8.3 |   A.V. Club

    Hug is a welcome retreat to those earlier records in terms of production, forsaking the leaner sound of 2010’s Forgiveness Rock Record for the shaggy excesses of both You Forgot It and Broken Social Scene
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  5. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    After so many years without a Broken Social Scene album, this is a very welcome return
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  6. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    An embrace amongst the chaos
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  7. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Some of the most exuberant and immediately engaging music they've ever recorded
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  8. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    This is simply the sound of a band having the time of their lives. A delight
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  9. 8.0 |   Q

    Joyous, enraged and exciting. Print edition only

  10. 8.0 |   DIY

    An intimate embrace by an old friend
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  11. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Never short on energy and ideas, Kevin Drew and Co have this time remembered to include some great melodies
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  12. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Invigorating emotional anthems
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  13. 8.0 |   All Music

    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
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  14. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    It's an impressive return for a band that set the bar high years ago and continue to clear it with ease
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  15. 7.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Hug of Thunder is very much an album of anthems
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  16. 7.4 |   Paste Magazine

    In a symbolic sense anyway, Hug of Thunder lives up to its billing
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  17. 7.3 |   Gig Soup

    Broken Social Scene are always able to instil a real purpose with each project. And with the band releasing 'Halfway Home' as a taster, fans await the 7th of July with baited breath
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  18. 7.0 |   Slant Magazine

    The album offers both dark clouds and silver linings through the band’s juxtaposition of anxiety and hope
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  19. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Hiatus or not, they’re still proudly fragmented and anything but broken.
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  20. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    BSS have made an album that trumps any cynicism that they may have faced, and in the process Hug of Thunder is as hearteningly unguarded and positive a record as you are likely to hear this year

  21. 7.0 |   The Music

    'Hug Of Thunder' remains optimistic and in the spirit of the band we know
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  22. 7.0 |   No Ripcord

    They may be seeking for our attention with commanding grace, but truthfully, they’re as vulnerable as ever
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  23. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Broken Social Scene return after a seven-year hiatus with their most vital release since their 2005 self-titled album
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  24. 7.0 |   music OMH

    It remains to be seen how many moments from Hug Of Thunder will make their way onto people’s Ultimate Broken Social Scene playlists in coming years
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  25. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    The standout is "Halfway Home," on which Bruce Springsteen and My Bloody Valentine meet up in the space between anxiety and uplift where this band does its best work
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  26. 7.0 |   Clash

    A welcome return by Broken Social Scene. Dignified, grand and full of life, let’s just hope we don’t have to wait another seven years for their next record
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  27. 6.7 |   Consequence Of Sound

    An older and warier band pledge to stay and carry on the fight
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  28. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Songs are defined by their rhythmic chassis and sky-scraping phrasing rather than their melody
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  29. 6.0 |   Mojo

    Hug Of Thunder's peaks are sky-scraping. Print edition only

  30. 6.0 |   The Independent

    For all the broken dreams, what’s impressive about the album is the way that BSS balance tones, textures and themes
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  31. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Fifteen strong, with Leslie Feist and Emily Haines back on board, this Scene have come mob-handed; a cavalry arriving, with guitars, to combat these worsening times
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  32. 6.0 |   The FT

    The results favour hugs over thunder although loud outbreaks of guitars and drums keep sappiness at bay
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  33. 6.0 |   The 405

    It’s a perfectly adequate indie-rock release, with some shining moments
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  34. 5.5 |   Earbuddy

    The sound is there, but the songs are not
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