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Special expanded edition of their 2009 album includes six extra tracks. Founded by frontwoman Emily Haines (beloved by critics for her work as part of Broken Social Scene) and guitarist Jimmy Shaw, the group self-financed the recording of Fantasies and set up their own global label operation. Formed in Toronto but, at various times, based in Montreal, London, New York and L.A., Metric boasts the sort of history that requires one of those connect-the-dots redlined maps you see in an Indiana Jones movie - and the story of Fantasies is no different. Produced by Gavin Brown (The Tea Party, Billy Talent), co-produced by Metric guitarist Jimmy Shaw, and mixed by Grammy award winning collaborator John O'Mahony (Coldplay, The Strokes). 16 tracks.
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Their last release was in 2005, the sharp and rockin' Live It Out. It represented another versatile extreme for the band; Old World Underground, Where Are You Now? was indie brilliance in a time when indie to me strove to be so different and experimental, it rendered things haphazardly listless and largely un-listenable. That catchy effort was mostly synth driven.
With Live It Out, the sound expertly slipped from loud to soft, and it was punch in the face--in a good way. I must admit it took a while for me to get used to the sudden shift, but afterward, I liked it even better. That album was guitar-driven, and Haines, crooning in one track and confrontational and edgy in another, supported her range with her sharp-as-knives wit and lyrics; it was a sound that demanded attention, grabbing you by the shoulders and given it a brain-addling shake--"Empty," a song I still find exhilarating, could not be a better example.
Grow Up and Blow Away, a re-release of the band's first album, was lovely in its innocence and sweet pop melodies, and exuded honesty and playful commentary. Another completely different sound, executed very well by Metric; they are a chameleon group that shows it can exist in many spaces, and also elevate it--because when I say "sweet pop melodies," I certainly don't mean it in the shallow, soulless, repetitive, and over-produced stuff that commonly fill radio airwaves without end.
And now, we come to Fantasies.Read more ›
2. The Gates
3. Help I'm Alive (acoustic)
4. Gimme Sympathy (acoustic)
5. Sick Muse (acoustic)
6. Sick Muse (Adam Freeland Remix)
7. Gimme Sympathy (Adam Freeland Remix)
8. Help I'm Alive (Twelves Remix)
9. Nobody Home
10. Sugar Mountain
11. Video: The Making of Fantasies (8 1/2 minute excerpt from the documentary The Rawside of Metric, in PAL format)
There is another "limited edition" of this CD on the market which advertises the songs Eclipse (All Yours) and Black Sheep. Note that this is NOT that CD. This somewhat limits its appeal. It does have the 2 B-sides, tracks 1 and 2, as well as Jimmy Shaw doing acoustic versions of songs by Pink Floyd (track 9) & Neil Young (track 10). The acoustic versions of the Fantasies songs are very good in themselves and nice to have; the remixes not so much. Acoustic Metric is still Metric, sometimes even Metric enhanced; remixed Metric really waters down the Metric content and is mainly about the remixer. Not so interesting, so far as I'm concerned. Basically this is a product for hard-core Metric fans only.
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The album takes a jump from where the band left off. The production is high gloss and rythmatic, a pure new wave feel.Published on Aug. 14 2012 by SDC_81