- 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 (26 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,849 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
and moody pose but despite themselves they cannot help their
deeply ingrained pure-pop sensibilities shining through.
Much of this has to do with Emily Haines' voice. It's just too
sunny to summon The Prince Of Darkness! In its own sweet way it
is a simple joy. Never so ephemeral that it becomes insipid; never
so brash that it would make your Grandmother have a funny turn!
'Fantasies' is made up of ten perfectly-judged slices of
power-pop, situated somewhere between the gloomier side of
Avril Lavigne and the cheeky seaside musings of Katy Perry.
The occasional nod towards eighties electronic chic does not
go unnoticed but what stands out most of all is the band's
ability to conjure infectiously memorable melodies and hooks
from their simple materials.
Joules Scott-Key is a fine drummer. He provides a solid
platform for James Shaw's robust guitar and Josh Winstead's
workmanlike bass. Ms Haines also likes to tinker with her
synthesiser here and there, adding additional texture and
colour to the economically constructed arrangements.
There are some great little tunes here. The best amongst them
would have to include : 'Gimme Sympathy', a cracking composition
studded with Mr Shaw's ringing guitar chords and a deliciously
uplifting chorus where Ms Haines asks (with a sly smile!) :
"Who would you rather be - The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
bought it, arrived before I got home from work the next day. No issues, no dramas, now I can enjoy itPublished 21 months ago by Miles
And bought it on the strength of that
No duff tracks here / Canadian New Wave rockers reminiscent of Blondie
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... Read morePublished on 5 Feb. 2014 by S. Hodge
The best thing about it though is getting the following in your inbox:
Your Amazon.co.uk order of "Fantasies" has been dispatched
Title says all.
This I listen to this album at least once a day. A really good album if you've just discovered Metric. Read more
really good album, every song is quality i'd def buy their other stuff after listening to this!!! And the lead singer is hot tooPublished on 2 July 2013 by andy
Another great album from Metric. Just love their stuff and wish they had a higher out put rate than they do. Want to see them live nowPublished on 26 Mar. 2013 by Mcox