On 2008’s THE TRACEY FRAGMENTS, Canadian filmmaker Bruce McDonald’s images are vast and subtly brutal as the northern tundra as he unfolds the stories of twisted lives co-existing, breaking apart and mostly killing time. The all-Canadian soundtrack echoes the desperation. Led by indie darlings Broken Social Scene, the aural landscape is an almost-disorienting mix of punk, bar rock, and ambient. BSS open with the Sonic-Youth-esque screamer “Horses” and close with the swirling “Needle in the Head,” and provide three other fitting tracks along the way. The dankly engaging soundtrack is fleshed out by sturdy underground acts like Deadly Snakes, Fembots, and Rose Melberg.
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AllMusic Review by Jason Thurston