All right, it's weird and random, and it does the pointy-headed song-title thing ("Late Nineties Bedroom Rock for the Missionaries"). But People can also rock fearlessly and sigh gorgeously, particularly on "Anthems for a Seventeen-Year-Old Girl," a truly bizarre lullaby with banjos, strings, and a heavily distorted female protagonist chanting "Park the car/Drop the phone/ Sleep on the floor/Dream about me" over and over and over. Trust us, it's awe-inspiring. Even the throwaway instrumentals and sound-collage tunes are inspired. Broken Social Scene seems destined to catch both barrels of the hype shotgun, drawing both starry-eyed praise and the vitriolic backlash that comes with it. We're in starry-eyed mode now -- People is every bit as grandiose and elegant as Hail to the Thief is murky and depressing. To hate it, first you must love it. You will.
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