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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indie pop brilliance in its simplicity.
This is stripped down Metric at their finest. This effort really showcases Emily's dynamic and disarming vocals, which are as sincere and beautiful as ever. Just listen to 'Hardwire' and 'Soft Rock Star' and you'll know what I mean (among others). And Jimmy puts in some interesting counter points in songs like 'The Twist' and the high pitched chorus in 'Rock Me Now' -...
Published on Aug. 26 2007 by JJ

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1.0 out of 5 stars conformists
here is another album for over emotional tree hugging hippies to conform to. just becuase it is underground does not make it good,in fact "metric" is probably still underground because the people that downloaded and gave this generic cookie cutter vomit comet disc a spin didn't want to tell their friends they lisened to this ear strain.
Metric should take their own...
Published on Aug. 5 2007 by OppressedAtheist


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indie pop brilliance in its simplicity., Aug. 26 2007
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JJ (Peterborough, Canada) - See all my reviews
Ce commentaire est de: Grow Up And Blow Away (Audio CD)
This is stripped down Metric at their finest. This effort really showcases Emily's dynamic and disarming vocals, which are as sincere and beautiful as ever. Just listen to 'Hardwire' and 'Soft Rock Star' and you'll know what I mean (among others). And Jimmy puts in some interesting counter points in songs like 'The Twist' and the high pitched chorus in 'Rock Me Now' - Emily's sultry talking-mode monologue here is quite enchanting after a few close listens - even though the song is a marked departure from their usual style. 'On the Sly' is back to true Metric form - catchy rhythms and chorus, however, without any jarring interludes they're more well known for (end result being pleasant, but not quite as satisfying). Even though this album was intended as their debut, I think its delayed release has worked very much in their favour, as they now have a solid fan base to draw from, who will no doubt be receptive to the sensitive depth this album exudes. A very timely and thought provoking release indeed.

I might add to the 'fine' fellow below.. that I don't conform to anything. Quite the opposite really. I look for honesty, conviction, originality, and PASSION in music - no matter the genre. And this is the ticket.. this fellow 'sean' makes me laugh whole-heartedly. He clearly does not know what he's talking about.. commenting on something he simply has no comprehension of. I encourage you to check out his other 'fine' posts to get a real appreciation of where he's coming from...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good as new., July 2 2007
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M. Smirfitt "sketchedward2" (The north) - See all my reviews
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Even though the majority, if not all, of the songs on this album are old, they are some of Metric's best work. I remember hearing "Grow Up and Blow Away" in a camera commericial a few years ago, and I also remember getting into "Soft Rockstar". This album reveals a softer side of Metric, much different from their last record. Most of the songs are electronically based as opposed to being guitar-driven. If you enjoy their songs "Hustle Rose" and "Succexy" then you will most likely enjoy this record. In my opinion, Grow Up and Blow Away presents a catchier Metric, one who isn't worried about pleasing the subculture scene. Maybe this comes from the record being comprised of old material, maybe it's the general relaxed tone of the record, either way, this album is a must-have for anyone interested in GOOD indie music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Original debut finally sees smashing release, June 27 2007
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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.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Grown up, June 26 2007
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E. A Solinas "ea_solinas" (MD USA) - See all my reviews
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Like many a hit indie band, Metric recorded songs before they hit it big with "Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?" In this case, it's "Grow Up and Blow Away" -- which despite its "early stuff" label has musical polish and maturity, and an enigmatic twist that keeps their sprightly jazz-flavoured pop fresh.

A child's voice says "Grow up, and blow away." That's the springboard to a tangle of sensual synth twists wrapped around some solid riffs and beats. Emily Haines murmurs a bittersweet song -- alcoholism, disillusionment, and having a child without regard of where it will be: "If this is the life/why does it feel/so good to die today?... nobody knows which street to take/he took the easy way/what was the easy way?"

Things get more uptempo with the jazzy-pop vibe of "Hardwire," all about "leaving behind the basement life," and apparently trying to start a band. Then Metric slips into a series of polished pop tunes: retro-flavoured beats, sexy noir tunes, delicate electronic tunes, sweeping piano balladry, and combos of all the above.

"Grow Up and Blow Away" has a tumultuous history -- the label diddled around with it, and then the band decided that fans wouldn't like it. So it took six to eight years to hear Metric's initial take on electropop, flavoured with different sounds that faded away in subsequent albums.

The most relevant sound is jazz, which is hardly surprising as Haines is the daughter of a jazz musician. They have the basic indiepop staples -- piano, solid drums and guitar, and Haines provides swirls, bubbles and wobbles of synth. But where their last album was laced with blazing rock'n'roll, Metric infuses their new album with a heavy jazz influence, with a little bit of funk.

And Haines herself sounds like a young girl who's seen too much real life -- her voice is high and sweet, but she sings enigmatic songs of disillusionment, tormented minds, and living in a "high rise grave." The happiest ones seems to be all about touring and travelling ("I should be living/Giving my mind a chance to rewind/And playback beautiful music...").

Metric has grown up but thankfully not blown away just yet, and their previously unreleased first album shows why. Striking, memorable, and beautifully polished.
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1 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars conformists, Aug. 5 2007
Ce commentaire est de: Grow Up And Blow Away (Audio CD)
here is another album for over emotional tree hugging hippies to conform to. just becuase it is underground does not make it good,in fact "metric" is probably still underground because the people that downloaded and gave this generic cookie cutter vomit comet disc a spin didn't want to tell their friends they lisened to this ear strain.
Metric should take their own advice and "grow up and blow away"
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