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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B0000C236V
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #118,145 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas D. Moore on June 16 2004
Format: Audio CD
Where to start? I rarely give anything a 5-star rating -- unlike most of the 12-year-olds who review albums on Amazon -- but Metric's 'Old World Underground' was easily one of the best albums of 2003. That goes for rock, hip hop, country, opera, it's THAT GROOVY. So here goes:
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).
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Well i just got this cd and have to say they have a pretty fresh sound. Definitely more pop than indie, they are certainly classified as an indie band...reminding me of a more electronic 'that dog' mixed with 'the anniversary'. I did read a review that said the songs were too simplistic, but i dont think being simple is a bad thing, especially when they are catchy simplistic! The lead singer has a craft at using her voice to achieve wonderful melodies, girlish at times, mature and rich at others, and then dark and almost reminiscent of a female interpol at others. the variety in her voice adds to the 'simplicity' of their music, and at any rate, the songs are damn catchy so who cares?! the only negative criticism i can give is that some of the songs, such as the slower ones, have the potential to be more intense and endearing, but then their potential is shortened by the ending riff of the guitar. It's a sad thing when you hear a song that is just starting to build up and in your head your singing harmonies and visualizing amazing guitar solos to come, and then the song ends. some of the songs have the potential to rise to a 'rainer maria' kind of intensity, when the lead singers voice grows and the music grows and you move to the edge of your seat in awe.
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)...
enjoy!
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By alexander laurence on April 21 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is a new hip anglophile band that has gained a following in Los Angeles. They were once part of the Williamsburg scene, and they also lived and worked in Toronto and the UK. Live, lead singer Emily Haines is the focus and she has these three other guys with her. She looks like a deranged Chloe Sevingy and does manic dances onstage. Metric is a pop, punk, electronic exploration. Haines writes clever, somewhat nerdy, self-conscious lyrics. Metric is influenced by new wave and Britpop. They are much like Catatonia or Cinnamon, or any girl fronted band that starts with a C for that matter. Fans of their music tend to like "Combat Baby" and "Dead Disco." They even have an anti-war song called "Succexy" which doesn't go all the way. Like Roxy Music, they have a rotating bass player. In one song, Haines says she "wants to paint it black." You only wish she would go there to those dark places more often. Maybe she is only a fashion icon for the moment?
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This is a great example of wicked contemporary Canadian music and how less can be so much more.

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!
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Remember that commerical for poloroid fortune telling pictures? The guy and the girl are all in the library and stuff? Come on you remember. Anyway, remember that kick ass song in the back ground? Well i fell in love with it, and went on this wide search to find out who this mysterious band was. The song was "Grow up and blow away" by Metric.
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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