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In the early 2000's when Rock Was Back and every band in the world seemed to be looking for a wormhole to a 1970’s garage, METRIC frontwoman Emily Haines was hauling around — gasp! — an analog synthesizer as the band worked their way up in New York City's clubs.

In the late 2000’s, when many bands were being strangled by the industry's power structure, ... Read more in Amazon's Metric Store

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Product details

  • Audio CD (27 April 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Metric Music Inernational
  • ASIN: B001SZ29NC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,998 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  3. Satellite Mind 3:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen  5. Gold Guns Girls 4:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Gimme Sympathy 3:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Collect Call 4:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Front Row 3:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Blindness 4:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Stadium Love 4:13£0.79  Buy MP3 

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BBC Review

It doesn't bode well for Canadian indie troupe Metric when their fourth album opens with Help I'm Alive.

There's nothing wrong with the sure pacing, likeable crescendos, big Simple Minds drum sounds or overall tone, which appears to have been closely based on Australian dance-rock favourites Cut Copy.

But surprisingly the track is let down by the estimably talented Emily Haines. Back on Metric duty after occasional Broken Social Scene and her own The Soft Skeleton work she repeats the rather trite phrase, ''My heart keeps beating like a hammer,'' ad nauseum. It swiftly irritates.

Satellite Mind is the moment Fantasies really gets moving. Haines' vocal is now needy, angry, cold and free all at once. ''I'm not suicidal/I just can't get out of bed,'' one of many terrific lines that tie in superbly with tight, minimally scuffed guitars and drums. It's one part Hole to two parts The Go-Gos and deserves a high chart placing should the band release it as a single.

Gold Guns and Girls is another simple but effective winner. Terrific new wave momentum, great, layered lyrics - like, ''All the toys and the tools in the box/couldn't get you off.''

Gimme Sympathy takes a dive into unexpectedly pompous rock territory with a collection of synth riffs and vocal melodies that would be rejected by The Killers for being too overblown.

Elsewhere, moments like the Roxette via Avril Lavigne bluster of Stadium Love suggest Metric genuinely want to drop the indie moodiness in favour of true pop-rock stardom.

Fantasies isn't quite brilliant enough to be adored despite its occasional excellence. What happens next depends whether Metric can or want to stomach the journey from respect to fame by writing consistently commercial songs. --Lou Thomas

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 25 May 2009
Format: Audio CD
It's very rare that you love an album the first time you listen to it - so be warned! This record is simply fantastic. I've been a fan of Metric since seeing them at SXSW a few years back - I'd never heard of them before and they blew me and the rest of the crowd away.
The songs are innovative and uplifting and I just can't get enough of Emily Haines' beautiful voice.
Buy this, appreciate and spread the word.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 9 April 2009
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This is an extremely accessible and catchy album. The songs are varied in dynamics (there can be interludes and key changes and crescendoes all in the same song) and the melodies are mostly pop hooks. This is not a hard hitting, heavy sounding album like Live it Out was, but it is still exceptionably likeable. The production is silky and definitely less raw sounding than Live it Out.

The venom in this album is to be found in the often satirical lyrics, rather than the music itself. The commentary seems to be directed more towards fame, celebrity, and the media than big business or government, though that is strictly my personal interpretation.
From Front Row:
"I'm in the front row with a bottle
Don't know what I can't decide
I'm in the front row I'm a model
Don't know what I can't describe

Burned out stars they shine so bright
All of us
Burned out stars they shine so bright"

Haines' vocals are far better on thus album than on Live it Out. Her range has improved and she uses her ability to change the tone of a song completely with vocal sleight-of-hand to great effect. Definitely a "performance" in the strongest sense of the word: the changes in her voice almost act out the lyrics.

The bad:
I feel that they, as a band, have the talent to do more than this. Fantasies is a great alt-rock/pop album, but it isn't the departure that Live it Out was, and the radio friendly nature of some of the songs may turn off die hard fans of their previous album. On the other side of the coin: fans of their earlier electro sound might be disappointed to learn that the synths have been minimised yet again. I was hoping for more Grow Up and Blow Away keyboard sounds, but I suspect they're intent on moving away from that style.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Hodge on 5 Feb. 2014
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Help I'm Alive is the best song I've heard in a while! The rest of the album is pretty good and there are a lot of tracks including some acoustic versions and remixes so good value.
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By Boubou on 15 Feb. 2010
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Very catchy album, i liked it from the first listening. I thought I'd wait a bit before reviewing it though and well the truth is a few months later I still find this album very impressive. Every single song is good, if not great.
Definitely in my top 5 albums of 2009 and taking Metric to another level!
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bought it, arrived before I got home from work the next day. No issues, no dramas, now I can enjoy it
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And bought it on the strength of that

No duff tracks here / Canadian New Wave rockers reminiscent of Blondie

Love it!
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Title says all.

This I listen to this album at least once a day. A really good album if you've just discovered Metric.
This album is the perfect balance between addicting melodies and high energy sounds.

LOVE IT!
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By andy on 2 July 2013
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really good album, every song is quality i'd def buy their other stuff after listening to this!!! And the lead singer is hot too
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