|2. Glass Ceiling|
|4. Too Little Too Late|
|5. Poster Of A Girl|
|6. Monster Hospital|
|7. Patriarch on a Vespa|
|8. Police And The Private|
|9. Ending Start|
|10. Live It Out|
Metric's rock-meets-new-wave is not only timely, it is joyful to boot. The driving track "Handshakes" could easily qualify for the next ipod commercial, while "Monster Hospital"'s retro punk style has a Clash-inspired chorus that will stay in your head for days. By the same token, the band's musical diversity is especially evident in the beautiful "The Police and the Private," where one could easily imagine that they are listening to an up-tempo Sarah Harmer track. Metric's cross-genre appeal is at least party due to frontwoman Emily Haines' delivery. A smart writer and performer, Haines' contributions to the Broken Social Scene collective have already made her voice somewhat familiar, and in her own element she shines especially bright. From her delicate whispers (the Pink Floyd-esque "Ending Start") to her Eurotrash-inspired yelps ("Live It Out") Haines has the "it" factor that makes indie rock critics swoon, and keeps fans dedicated. --Denise Sheppard
Empty: slow start, but the chorus is amazing, The guitar solo hurt my eras at first but you have to get used to it.
Glass Ceiling: immediately became my favourite song. It's the singer's voice that does it all.
Hand$hake$: another one of the awesome trio. It's edgy.
Too Little Too Late: one of those slow songs you can listen to when you have a headache.
Poster OF A Girl: many people's favourite, it has a very catchy rhythm.
Monster Hospital: absolutely amazing as well. It's a fast song compared to some of the others
Patriarch On A Vespa: love the ending. Slow song.
The Police And The Private: very, very catchy tune. Its wordplay completely captivates you.
Ending Start: I stil haven't gotten the hang of this song yet...it's fairly slow, but the lyrics are amazing.
Live It Out: catchiness to the max. It's the kind of song you could have stuck in your head for weeks.
Basically, Metric is NOT mainstream, which makes me very happy. If you're tired of all the rap crap the radio stations play, listen to this!
But I merely like Live it Out.
More removed from the synth of Old World Underground, Live it Out is heavier with the bass, and crazy expressive with the guitar. The new sound is bold and beautiful, but unfortunately, the songs just aren't as catchy as the previous album's. I don't mean to say this heavier rock style cannot be catchy; it certainly can be, but the latest efforts of Metric don't have the addictive flair of say, IOU, Combat Baby, Hustle Rose, and Succexy. Most of the songs are great here, but not as memorable.
Emily's lyrics are just as clever and just as honest, but the melodic hooks are missing. It'll appeal to fans for sure, and expand the fan base to include those who prefer their rock a touch heavier, but I was made a fan by Metric's previous efforts. If Live Out Loud were their first album, I would've thought the group decent, but nothing to get really excited about.
I'm still pleased and will await their next album, but I find myself more drawn to the older favourites.