Metric

Album Title: Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?
Release Date: September 2, 2003
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Genre: Dance Rock
Beloved by both critics and fans across Canada, Metric have been riding a wave of popularity that's taken them halfway across the globe since the release of their hit album Old World Underground, Where Are You Now? But is the album itself worth all the hype and acclaim?

Well, the masses aren't mistaken: it's ten tracks of what could be considered rock-tinged disco punk, crafted with wild enthusiasm and love for dance beats. Opening track "IOU" is memorable with its loopy piano melody and "Dead Disco" is the most outrageously fun cut of the album, with its catchy beat complimented by singer Emily Haines' rapid-fire vocals. Metric tends to slip a bit towards boredom with the slower tracks, but even an otherwise-repetitive song like "Hustle Rose" shimmers with soft undertones of keys and synth.

Closing with the laid-back and stripped-down track "Love Is A Place," Metric chooses to go out with a quiet farewell rather than a bang, which is a bit of a disappointment. But as long as they keep the energy up, Metric can do no wrong - especially when they're in front of an excited audience.

Writer: Caitlin Hotchkiss


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