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Metric's a four-piece outfit that's not British but musically can best be plugged into the new wave genre -- although the keyboard doesn't drive the band, save for ferocious climaxes in songs like "IOU" and "Hustle Rose." Nope, Metric actually has a pretty good guitarist whose style can best be described as 'riffy' -- not too complicated but incredibly infecting. Plus they have a real bassist and drummer, so there's no cheesy 80s-style machine pounding out the beats.
The vocalist/keyboardist is an incredibly cool woman whose name escapes me, I've seen 'em twice at the 9.30 Club here in Washington and she's worth the price of admission. As stated above, her keyboards complement a rock band, and if you absolutely must know they're not Black Sabbath, which I love just as much as the next guy.
No, their sound is totally wild -- 'IOU' is a punk-themed ode to the stupidity of bombing children, see the rocking chorus (every ten-year-old enemy soldier thinks falling bombs are shooting stars sometimes, but she doesn't wish on them ...); 'Hustle Rose,' the next song, is the classic new-wave synth-style tune about ringing the virtues of commercialism; "Succexy" is a blend of synth and rock chiding the public for sitting around and doing nothing while Dubya and his minions lead us into foreign policy disaster after disaster (all we do is talk and split screens while the homeland plans enemies).Read more ›
But all in all they do have a unique sound for a poppy indie band with a female lead singer (i rarely hear very good ones)...
Great melodies and instrumentation, and E Haines has one of the purest, sexiest voices I've ever heard. Not a huge fan of the more synth oriented songs, but even they are way more original and better than anything you'll hear on the radio.
I can't say enough about songs like Succexy, IOU and The List... they are insanely catchy (that guitar riff in the "passive attraction" section is sick).
It's fascinating, this is the kind of band I usually detest, but I guess it's the combination of deceptively simple arrangements, great oblique lyrics, solid guitar/bass/drumming and that beguiling voice that does it for me everytime.
I think my gf is starting to regret ever introducing me to them!
Unfortunately that song isn't on this cd. But this album is full of songs and music that are so full of uniqueness that i swear the band members must walk around creating slime trails of everything creative in the world. This is one of those cds that you just have to listen to over and over. I've owned it since the day it came out, and have since then bought around 400 new cds, and this is still a cd that i come back to.
Buy it. Do it. Trust me.
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I am 5 stars, on this album, but those, unfamiliar, with Metric, will, definitely (in most cases), prefer the other albums - first. This is the black album, no one knows about.Published 1 month ago by Nick Jansen
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From the slightly snarky lyrics to the catchy melodies, literate composition, and expressive, yet perfectly controlled vocals, this CD is audio crack. Read morePublished on Aug. 9 2006 by Deidre Calarco
I enjoy this cd for all it's catchy' lyrics and melodies. Even though it only has 10 tracks Old World Underground, Where Are you Now deserves four stars. Why not five you ask? Read morePublished on April 8 2006 by bambi
took me quite a long time to catch on with this band, but when I heard them for the first time, I knew I had to have their album.
So catchy, so dancey. Who wouldn't love it?
It's got the creativity of the Toronto Post-Rock Indy scene but polished up to be more accessible. Like Wet Blanket the most, but Dead Disco and the others shine.Published on Sept. 16 2005
O MY! this album is so CATCHY. it's great.
i first saw it at HMV in the cheap section and I heard from some where that it was good. Read more
I first bought Old World Underground, Where are you Now? when I had heard the song Combat Baby from a friend. I loved it and I went to go buy the rest of the album. Read morePublished on April 16 2005 by Corey S.
This album (and Emily Haine's striking voice) grab you from the start and don't let go. I can listen to it over and over and never get sick of it. Read morePublished on Nov. 1 2004 by Cameron M