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  • Audio CD (July 22 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B0019EPL3M
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1. Something FOr All Of Us...
2. Chameleon
3. Hit The Wall
4. Snowballs and Icicles
5. Churches Under The Stairs
6. Love Is New
7. Antique Bull
8. All The Best Wooden Toys come From Germany
9. Possible Grenade
10. Been At It So Long
11. Take Care, Look Up

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This 2008 album is Brendan Canning's first solo effort and the second release in the Broken Social Scene Presents series. Brendan Canning is a prolific songwriter of Irish descent and the founding member of the Indie Rock collective of such notable bands as By Divine Right, Valley Of The Giants and hHead.

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Format: Audio CD
Perhaps you've stumbled on these lines by pure chance, perhaps you too are a fan of Broken Social Scene.

What I was afraid of the most when I first listened to Brendan Canning's first solo outing was that it would be all too familiar yet incomplete and I am glad to say I had no reason to fear.

Brendan's album has the distinct sound and ingenuity of the supergroup yet feels and sounds original and personal. Something For All Of US stays carefully away from the post-rockish and chaotic music we're accustomed to and brings along a mixed bag of emotions. 'Churches Under the Stairs' is definitely catchy and fun while some like 'Possible Grenade' are tainted with anguish and nostalgia.

It is artfully written, skillfully played, sung and produced with passion. Brendan's album really does offer something for all of us.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9e167ad4) out of 5 stars 7 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e17c534) out of 5 stars Very close second to 'Spirit If' July 24 2008
By UncertaintyPrinciple - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
When I learned that Broken Social Scene would be releasing solo efforts for all their members, I thought it was a great and original idea, but at the same time I was curious how the individual efforts would compare to eachother.

Brendan Canning's 'Something For All of Us' is definately in the same vein as Kevin Drew's 'Spirit If' and previous BSS efforts in both melody and mood, but what sets this apart from 'Spirit If' is that while 'Spirit If' had more of a focus on a lighter, drifty, accoutic sound throughout the album, Canning's record spends more time on crunching guitar-based songs. Which is not a fault at all, just a difference you might notice from Drew's effort.

Thats not to say that there isnt a softer side to the album, tracks like 'Chameleon' and 'Take Care, Look Up' have a wonderful softer ambient vibe to them and do well to break up the album, as does the funky 'Love Is New' which reminds me of the great BSS track 'Hotel'

The only weak part of the album is track 'Antique Bull' which is a soft, almost Nora Jones-like puff song which seems out of place on the album.

Other than that, if you liked 'Spirit If', or any other releases by BSS, you will definitely find something to like here. Its an album that reveals its depth over multiple listens and is definitely one of the stronger BSS releases. Between this and 'Spirit If' I would have to give the edge to 'Spirit If' because I think that album's melodies are a bit more clever and lyrics a bit more biting than what you would find here.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e17c588) out of 5 stars Something For All of Us July 22 2008
By Andrew Vice - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
On Brendan Canning's first 'solo' effort (and the second in what is intended to become a long list of titles in the Broken Social Scene Presents series) the singer-songwriter works to show that he is as instrumental to Broken Social Scene's influential catalog as Kevin Drew, who released a BSS Presents title in 2007. Something For All of Us is a record of progressively-styled alternative rockers mixed with beautiful ambient-tinged ballads. Listening to Something For All of Us and Kevin Drew's Spirit If serves to illustrate just what side of BSS' sound each man is responsible for. Where Drew, an admitted worshipper of J. Mascis and Dinosaur Jr, can be seen crafting the straightforward balls-to-the-walls rock and bedroom-dreamer pop, Canning is clearly responsible for the less accessible, more spacious shoegazing aspects of Broken Social Scene.

On the title track, Canning introduces the smokey shoegaze sound that prevails over much of the record. The album slows down on the second track, Chameleon, where Canning displays his demonstrated love of horns, luscious chants, and slow-burners. Possible Grenade seems to wink at Kevin Drew's love of Dinosaur Jr and catchy rock hooks, and closer Take Care, Look Up is a spacey gauze of sound akin to Galaxie 500. The album runs the gammut between heavy rocking tracks and gentle pop ballads, and though the tracklisting can be at times erratic, Something For All of Us manages to be a constantly engaging and thoroughly enjoyable pop record, and a welcome addition to Broken Social Scene's excellent discography.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e17c9c0) out of 5 stars Brendan Canning - Something For All of Us... Sept. 5 2008
By S. D. Mason - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Something For All of Us... (2008, Arts & Crafts) Brendan Canning's first studio album. ***

When Canning and Drew started Broken Social Scene in 1999, it seemed like a great idea; some of the greatest musicians from Canada getting together and forming a huge supergroup. And it wasn't until 2001 that their first album, Feel Good Lost, appeared. It was frustrating, a collection of nearly all instrumentals from a group that was certainly more capable than that. Eventually the band let loose, and on their second two releases ran wild, especially on the self-titled third album.

Now, Brendan Canning is a talented musician, and his debut is a bit of a head-scratcher. It's all very easy to listen to, and there are moments where a few concurrent songs form together and form an atmosphere. And that's when it's working the way he wants it, but when Something For All of Us... isn't on, well, it's just bleak. The start isn't bad, but it isn't captivating. There's enough energy in the title track, but it all disappears for the dreamy "Chameleon," which, while being a decent tune, isn't the musical landscape Canning believes it is. And it's like this the whole way through; depending on the listener, there are tracks that work and tracks that don't, and it will differ for every set of ears. What Something For All of Us... proves, though, is that Canning can be a decent songwriter without Drew or the rest of the band. And while it isn't stunning in any sense, he joins the list of artists from Broken Social Scene to put out entertaining solo material.
HASH(0x9e17cd80) out of 5 stars A Great Album and Good Contrast Aug. 3 2008
By A. Nakano - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
In the second album of the Broken Social Scene Presents... series we get a good idea of what kind of song writers are at work in this band. Brendan Canning has only previously sang two songs for the band before (that's his smooth voice on "Stars and Sons,") but this album is all him and it's fantastic. From the hard bass driven "Hit the Wall" to the beautiful instrumental "All the Best Small Wooden Toys Come from Germany," you realize the influence that Canning has had on the band as a whole. I'll say it out right...even though I love Kevin Drew, Brendan is by far a stronger musician and composer. He has much more variety in the style of his songs and the album is without a single musical dud. For those of you who enjoyed Broken's 2005 self titled album, you will be in heaven as you listen to this. The major thing this album is lacking is the great abstract lyrics that make Broken Social Scene what it is. At this point you realize that within these mini projects the chemistry between Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning is missing leaving a gaping hole in each of thier albums. Without this chemistry they are unable to produce anything like "You Forgot it in People," by far their best work. Overall the album is solid and has a great blend of songs and there really is something for all of us.
HASH(0x9e17cd2c) out of 5 stars For All of Us BSS fans Aug. 19 2008
By Dustin Payne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Like many Broken Social Scene albums, this one is full of noise, texture, and low-mixed vocals. What this album shows is how much involvement Mr. Canning actually has in the sound of BSS, even though he has only provided vocals on a few tracks. For those that enjoy the loud and up-tempo BSS songs, this album is for you. I prefer this one over Kevin Drew's album, as this seems more together, with better sound quality and instrumentation. Any fan of the other BSS albums will be sure to love this one as well.