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Album Review

Metric frontwoman Emily Haines received a fair amount of critical acclaim after the release of her 2006 solo debut, Knives Don't Have Your Back, in which she eschewed the rockier guitars and occasional electronic elements for softer piano and keyboard songs backed by soft drums and sporadic string arrangements. The EP, What Is Free to a Good Home?, follows this trend, as it was recorded at the same time as her full-length, containing five songs that didn't make the final cut, as well as a dub-inspired remix of "Mostly Waving." There's really no reason why these tracks didn't end up on the full-length, as they showcase the same lyrical and harmonic strengths that Haines previously displayed, her Jenny Lewis-ish quaver a perfect accompaniment to her exhaled thoughts. Both "The Bank," a very Elliott Smith-like piece, double-tracked vocals and all ("Whatever it is, spit it into a bottle and sell it to me/I'm looking to buy freedom for my sobriety" she sings) and "Rowboat" mix shimmering horns with Haines' confessional words, and even "Sprig," in which she sets the words of her father, Paul Haines, to music, while more experimental in nature, flows nicely: it's experimental without being obsolete. What Is Free to a Good Home? (also the title of one of the elder's poems) is strong enough to convince listeners of the singer's abilities even if they're not familiar with any of her other work, and for those who are, it just adds to her increasingly noteworthy repertoire.

Customer Reviews


so sweet. a nice progression from the material on knives don't have your back. really good to listen to late at night. definitely recommended!

rainy day music

This is perfect rainy day music. It all has that same feel as songs like "Winning" and "Reading In Bed" from Knives Don't Have Your Back. Horns are featured in most of the songs, which gives it a nice nostalgic feel... you know; black and white movies, rain, horns... it's beautiful.

hauntingly good

Haines' voice would give anyone shivers-it's haunting and beautiful. Her lyrics will set your mind on fire. All the tracks on this album offer something original and stunning in their own profound way. Cannot get enough of this artist. Highly recommend this EP and any other work from Emily Haines.


Born: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Emily Haines is the frontwoman for Toronto's indie dance-rock band Metric. Although her first record arrived several years after Metric had formed, Haines had always been writing her own material. With the encouragement of a friend, Haines decided to record the songs so they wouldn't be forgotten. After four years of putting together an album in four cities (Los Angeles, Montreal, Toronto, New York) with various contributors she dubbed the Soft Skeleton, Last Gang Records released Knives Don't Have...
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