Thursday, February 28, 2008

Review -- METRIC -- Grow Up And Blow Away

Last Gang Records
Metric is a band which is notable, memorable, and stands out for one reason, the vocals of Emily Haines. This gal has a rather unique voice which you will remember.
The material on this CD is all by Haines, and co-male vocalist James Shaw, and they make a pretty solid team.
The CD starts off with the title cut, and frankly they do lead with their best, although the cut is only marginally better than the rest of the CD which is really quite strong from start to finish. For example, Hardwire, the CD's second song is one where Haines voice comes strikingly to the forefront, carving out that spot in the listeners memory which is likely to last a long, long time, and for the record that's a good thing in this case.
There is no pretense here, this is rock music as it has developed this millennium. There is an electronica undertone to the work, with lots of electric wizardry carrying the material, but hey it works.
While Haines may not like the comparison, think music from Cyndi Lauper if she was to hit the stage today, although to Metric's credit the music isn't quite that bubbly, but the general feel is there. Certainly Lauper wouldn't fit a song like Rock Me Now, but a listen and you'll get the connection.
Check this band out at they're a good example of how good today's music can be hyped up on electronics and a memorable voice.

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Feb. 27, 2008 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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