Fans of both Metric and Emily Haines' solo work will not be disappointed with this, the band's hitherto unreleased debut album from 2001. More melodic, stripped down, almost jazzy at times, the delayed release of this disc stems from troubles with their former label and the additions of drummer Joules Scott-Key and bassist Josh Winstead to the band's lineup. The band's live dynamics had changed enough in their minds to warrant shelving this disc and recording something new, something punchier, something closer to their live sound at the time. Bootlegs of this album have been around for years, and the band still plays the odd song from this album at their live shows, it's just refreshing as a fan to finally have a proper copy of this gem.
This release has a slightly different track listing then the old bootlegs, losing a few tracks here while also gaining a few others there, and the running order is almost completely shuffled around. Comparing the tracks off this disc with the bootleg copies of those same songs reveals that a bit of studio work has been done to polish up these old tracks a bit, nothing drastic but just slightly different mixes and superior mastering.
If you're a fan, then why are you still reading this review instead of buying this album right now? It is a bit different from their signiture sound as found on their other releases to date, but thee's no denying that it still matches up with the band's consistent high quality production and excellent songcraft.