I loved Metric's Grow Up and Blow Away. I loved Static Anonymity EP. I loved Old World Underground...
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.