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Album Review

It's hard to believe that Metric couldn't find anyone to release this album following label changes. What's even more surprising, though, is how well it fits into their current sound despite being recorded in their infancy back in 1999. While rather void of the edgy and rock-fuelled songs that would come later like "Monster Hospital," Grow Up and Blow Away is an excellent primer of what was to come with "Live It Out" and "Old World Underground, Where Are You Now!." The light, melodic electro-pop feel is all over the title track as lead singer Emily Haines shows her talents early and often. Meanwhile, things pick up slightly with the catchy, danceable and tight "Hardwire" that instantly brings to mind the Cardigans. The first ordinary song is "Rock Me Now" which resembles a stream-of-conscious poem over a simple electro-based backbeat but things return to an above average level with the moody "The Twist" as Haines churns out one sweet vocal after another. Metric rarely falter on this record, with "Soft Rock Star" living up to its title, a soft rock gem in the vein of Keane. The remix version is just as sweet and sugar-coated, driven by Haines angelic-like delivery. A similar approach comes during the tender, strolling "White Gold."

Customer Reviews

rewind me

The songs on this just aren't very good, but her vocals never disappoint the listener. They have certainly gotten better with time.

Totally different album

A much softer side of Metric, more pop less edge. Actually the first full length album they recorded, it was not released until 2007 after being revised. I happen to like this album, Haines' vocals are first rate, though it is my least favorite Metric for sure. Certainly worth a listen before you decide.

Great Album

Just like I did with "fantasies" and "Synthetica" I downloaded this album for free and didn't buy it on iTunes till months later after really appreciating this body of work. This album is very different than there most recent masterpieces but that's not to say this isn't a masterpiece in it's own different way. Very unique melodies and such great deep lyrics will leave you lost within them. Metric is one of the best bands for years and still haven't got their just due. Great album and one of their most deepest yet.


Formed: 1998 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Metric are a band with an eclectic, adventurous outlook, whose music encompasses elements of synth pop, new wave, dance-rock, and electronica and whose hometown has vacillated between Toronto, Montreal, New York, Los Angeles, and London over the course of the group's existence. Metric's story began in 1998, when vocalist/keyboardist Emily Haines met guitarist James Shaw in Toronto, Canada. Although born in New Delhi, Haines -- the daughter of Paul Haines, a Canadian-American poet best known for his...
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