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This review is from: Grow Up & Blow Away (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.
I won't try to describe the sound (for fear of lapsing into awful music review cliche), but there are many moments where the record sounds -- to my ears -- like an effortlessly hip soundtrack to an independent film... cool and breezy on the surface, darker and more complex as one begins to take the lyrics in. I suppose even that is too loaded with cliche imagery, but there we are.
Bottom Line: If you like Metric, get this record -- you need it to understand the band completely. If you don't know Metric but fancy yourself a musical sophisticate, get this record -- you can't be one without it.