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Emily... she doesn't need knives!
on 27 December 2008
If you like the band Metric (of which she is the lead singer) or Haines' work with the Canadian collective Broken Social Scene (notably vocals on `Ballad For a Seventeen-year-old Girl') I can't, in all honesty, predict whether or not you are going to like this album at all!
This album is, while at first a rather impenetrable one, surprisingly addictive. I actually thought it worth only 2 or 3 stars on the first listen but, on repeated listening, it just seemed to get better and better.
The nearest this album gets, musically, to anything on Metric's album 'Old World Underground, Where Are You Now' is probably 'The Lottery' and it reminds me ever so slightly of 'Calculation Theme' but even that connection seems tenuous and nothing on the latest Metric album even comes close.
On this album Emily plays piano and sings - that is basically the deal here. There are also other musicians involved of course, drawn from the firmament of Canadian talent that currently seems almost unstoppable, but this is a very personal recording and it is hard to reconcile this album with her 'Metric' persona. Released by Last Gang Records, it is presented in a quite splendid digipack including full lyrics. My current favourite tracks are 'Crowd Surf Off A Cliff', 'The Lottery', and 'Reading In Bed' but that could well change with repeated listening and after a couple of years they still are pretty much so (but also search the EP 'Free To A Good Home').
She doesn't need knives - the lyrics and vocals can do all the cutting and pasting that will be necessary. CUT IN HALF AND ALSO DOUBLE - forget that, or the new Metric album due in early 2009, at your peril.