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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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  • Audio CD (24 Sep 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Gronland
  • ASIN: B000VM08DG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 119,102 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Jun 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Music Fan on 20 Jun 2007
Format: Audio CD
A lyrically and musically brilliant album which, until now, was languishing in cyberspace to by downloaded in whole or in part only by fans who knew they should be looking for it. It is the opening chapter in a refreshing rock story, taking place amidst a lot of derivative, mass-produced, cynical dreck.

Emily Haines, daughter of the late poet, Paul Haines, seems to have inherited his gift for the written word and marries it here with a sophisticated blend of pop, electro, rock and even jazz influences for a record that stands apart from a lot of what would have been in the same section of your local record shop circa 2000-2001, when it was recorded.

Apparently, after writing and recording the entire album, Metric decided it didn't sound much like the band they were becoming, so it got shelved. Fortunately -- and to the delight of those who use the internet to discover music, rather than steal it -- Last Gang Records has stepped in to help get the record out. And I'll be among the first to buy a proper copy.

The album is a prequel -- the missing link for the for those who know Metric from either Live it Out and/or Old Word Underground. Some may find it hard to go 'backward' but I encourage every Metric fan to give it a listen -- the music is top-notch, as are the lyrics and Emily Haines' always charismatic delivery. Grow Up and Blow Away explains Old World, which, in turn, informs the sound of LIve it Out. It is another mark of a truly interesting and creative band that each of these albums sounds so different -- and yet contains the markers of an evolutionary process. This is not a band that makes the same record over and over again.
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This is stripped down Metric at their finest. This effort really showcases Emily's dynamic and disarming vocals, which are as sincere and beautiful as ever. Just listen to 'Hardwire' and 'Soft Rock Star' and you'll know what I mean (among others). And Jimmy puts in some interesting counter points in songs like 'The Twist' and the high pitched chorus in 'Rock Me Now' - Emily's sultry talking-mode monologue here is quite enchanting after a few close listens - even though the song is a marked departure from their usual style. 'On the Sly' is back to true Metric form - catchy rhythms and chorus, however, without any jarring interludes they're more well known for (end result being pleasant, but not quite as satisfying). Even though this album was intended as their debut, I think its delayed release has worked very much in their favour, as they now have a solid fan base to draw from, who will no doubt be receptive to the sensitive depth this album exudes. A very timely and thought provoking release indeed.
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