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Grow Up & Blow Away Extra tracks

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Grow Up and Blow Away was the first recorded album by indie rock band Metric. The album was recorded in 2001, but delayed for years by their record label. As the years passed, the band's sound changed to the point where they no longer felt the album would be what the fans expected to hear, so Metric recorded a completely new album, Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?, and released that instead.


1. Grow Up And Blow Away
2. Hardwire
3. Rock Me Now
4. The Twist
5. On the Sly
6. Soft Rock Star
7. Raw Sugar
8. White Gold
9. London Halflife
10. Soft Rock Star

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 26, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Last Gang Records
  • ASIN: B000Q677JA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,640 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Cale E. Reneau on June 25, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Does anyone remember the i-Zone? It was a little Polaroid camera that could print little messages on the instant photo. That was the gimmick, and quite unsurprisingly, it failed miserably. However, the North American television ads that accompanied this sure-fire failure contained a hidden gem. Floating in the background was a woman singing, "If this is the life, why does it feel so good to fly away?" The woman was Emily Haines, the band was Metric, and the song was a TV-friendly version of "Grow Up and Blow Away," the title track to their ill-fated debut album. Originally recorded in 2001 (or 1999, depending on your source), the album features Metric as a two-piece and was delayed again and again by their record label until it was finally shelved to make room for "Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?" Six years later, and the album is finally being dusted off. Is it worth the wait?

Absolutely! "Grow Up and Blow Away" is immediately captivating, thanks to the lead-off and title track. The lyrics are back in their original form, Emily singing "Why does it feel so good to die today?" One of the things that's instantly noticeable is that Metric as a two-piece is a much more toned-down affair. With just James and Emily, the songs are often just comprised of a drum machine and synthesizer. The result is a Metric that is just as awesome as their current incarnation, just less chaotic.

It's all still really cool music though. "Rock Me Now" features a funky musical accompaniment and finds Emily merely speaking throughout its playtime. It's actually James that does all the singing on the song, which is quite a shock to hear. At the same time, it's an undeniably cool song, making you feel like throwing on your MIB-shades and bobbing your head uncontrollably.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 25, 2007
Format: Audio CD
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.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Florian on June 25, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is not a new album by any means. This is the first album Metric ever made and it was largely underground until now that it has been redone and repackaged (with some extra songs thrown in to keep the fans happy).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Preston F on January 16, 2012
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There are no problems I have with the product. My only standards were it being in an unopened package, and it being worth the listen. Both terms were fulfilled. Also, I do recommend this to any newcomer to Metric. It's very easy to listen to and has a good diversity throughout the songs. It also has that nifty, little remix of Soft Rockstar at the end which in my opinion is better than the original. But yeah, reverting back the the initial subject, its a trustworthy buy and was well worth my money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Holmes on September 16, 2011
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Excellent music, just excellent. Emily has a wonderful voice, like a sprite. The music is kind of poppy and some of the songs remind me a bit of the early Cardigans stuff (like Emmerdale - sp?).

All in all, this is fantastic music, as is all of Metric's stuff.
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By Nick on May 14, 2013
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If you would have asked me if I thought another Metric album would ever compare to Fantasies a month ago, I wouldn't even have given it a thought. This album really blew me away with a much softer and sexier tone than what I've been used to from Metric. Hardwire may be my new favorite of their songs, and I couldn't be happier that I took a chance on this album, being years older than the sound I've grown accustomed to. If you love Metric and haven't picked this album up yet, do yourself a favor and get it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Neal on September 8, 2007
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Though this certainly isn't my favorite album for Metric, it is definitely worth buying.

The sound is different and for me it reflects more of the sound for then. Tracks like "Hardwire" are beyond catchy but don't let the lighter tunes fool you! The lyrics (perhaps not as obviously political) still have meaning and aren't just pointless words like songs today.
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