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London. Their fourth full length studio
album FANTASIES is a much anticipated
follow up to 2005's highly acclaimed LIVE IT OUT. FANTASIES was written by the band in a farmhouse outside Seattle, and by frontwoman Emily
Haines in exile in Argentina. The album was recorded at guitarist Jimmy Shaw's own Giant Studio in Toronto and mixed at Electric Lady in NYC by Grammy winner John O'Mahony (Coldplay, The Strokes). A densely textured modern mix of psychedlia, electro and rock, this album s dream like quality stays true to the band s aesthetic while venturing into more accessible musical territory. On standout track ''Gimme Sympathy'', when sharp-tongued Haines invokes the age-old existential dilemma - ''Who would you rather be: The Beatles or The Rolling Stones'' - it s because she already knows her answer: neither.
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Lead singer Emily Haines and guitarist Jim Shaw are both probably best known for the cult favorite Broken Social Scene. But they both really shine in "Fantasies," which has electro-pop energy and an excellent vibe. The standout track is clearly "Gimme Sympathy." In it, Haines asks, "Who would you rather be? The Beatles or the Rolling Stones?" The implied answer is neither- the point is to get out of the need to ask yourself that kind of question. All of the songs seem to be about living outside the prescribed margins, so to speak. Haines' songwriting and singing skills and the rest of the band's musical energy combine to make this an excellent album.
Being an avid and adoring fan of 'Live it Out,' I knew I wasn't going to hear anything like it, though it would have been nice and welcoming. Still, I am pleasantly surprised and fully satisfied with 'Fantasies.' There is plenty to love, I assure you. From the BIG guitars of 'Satellite Mind' and 'Sick Muse' to the new-wave coolness of 'Gimme Sympathy' to the sister track of 'The Police and the Private' (one of my favorite songs from 'Live it Out'), 'Collect Call', in which Emily pleas, "If somebody's got soul, you've got to make them move." Other great tracks include the energetic 'Gold Gun Girls' and 'Blindness' with its climactic anthemic ending that easily puts 'Fantasies' as one of the best releases this year!
I would greatly beg to differ in calling this album "a let down," because it simply isn't. Metric is progressing. The music is tighter and the lryics are more cohesive. 'Fantasies' is quite the logical step Metric was destined to take. It's an incredibly strong album from an excitingly killer band!
Help I'm Alive
Gold, Guns, Girls
The highlight is without a doubt the song that gave a true voice to the album, "Help, I'm Alive." Despite it's rather dark title, the song comes storming out of the gate with some killer chords, the song proceeds to build itself up, deconstruct itself, then build itself until it eventually explodes in a flurry of Alternative Rock glory. "My heart keeps beating like a hammer. Beating like a hammer! BEATING LIKE A HAMMER!" If that isn't what one of the top songs of 2009, I don't know what is. It has has so many layers, yet it is so simple. And it's all capped off with pitch-perfect vocals. It could use a bit of screaming towards the end, but hey, that's just me.
The album works best when listened to as one product, and few songs can quite make the jump to radio single status. In fact, when I first got the album, I was skeptical of it since I felt that a few of the songs didn't quite work. But put in its context of the rest of the album, they all work just fine. Another thing that surprised me was the great lyrical work, and it plays perfectly in the atmospheric war that's going on within the album.Read more ›
"Fantasies" (10 tracks; 43 min.) starts off perfectly with an incredible strong 1-2-3 punch: opener "Help I'm Alive", followed by an even better "Sick Muse" (1st radio single), and then "Satellite Mind", the latter being my favorite track on this album, and insanely catchy. After taking a short breather on "Twilight Galaxy", the first half closes with "Gold Guns Girls", another can't-miss standout. Wow. I rate the album's Side A 5 stars. The second half starts off strongly with "Gimme Sympathy", where Emily asks "Gimme aympathy/After all of this is gone/Who would you rather be/The Beatles or the Rolling Stones" (hint: "Here Comes the Sun", from that same song). "Front Row" features a heavy but catchy guitar riff. The album closer "Stadium Love" is the arena-sized rocker you might expect from a title like that, and really the perfect summary of the album. I rate Side B 4 stars.
In all, this album is easily the most accssible, but also best, album to date. Very few weak moments. If commercial mainstream radio had any sense, a number of these songs could/should be a massive hit, but given what we know of radio these days (it seems that if it isn't Disney/Miley Cyrus/Jonas Bros or rap/hip-hop, it won't get played), I doubt it will happen. I cannot wait to see Metric out on tour for this album. Meanwhile, "Fantasies" is sure to make my "end of the year" list. Highly recommended!
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One of my favorite CDs from one of the greatest bands ever. I love it and highly recommend it!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
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