My beloved Metric, as fans already know, is releasing their fourth album, Fantasies, on April 14th, but, it leaked a couple weeks ago. I've been playing it straight since last weekend (and very intently might I add).
Frontrunner of the band, goddess Emily Haines wrote parts of it whilst exiled in Argentina, and well, the album seems to be a little more introspective in terms of writing. It took four years to create, but the results seem to show the time it took. It think it's definitely a more mature album, with most songs being a little more mellow.
The approach the band took was to preview the album sort of "campfire style," playing songs as they were still being refined. For me, this wasn't the best decision because it causes fans to expect the best possible version of the songs they've already heard and learned to love. I think this is especially true with the song "Gimme Sympathy." I loved it when I first heard it, but I'm not quite so in love with the album version. But, that's okay.
When it comes down to it, the songs I'm currently most into are the ones I hadn't before. I don't want to contribute to leaking the whole album, so I offer one of my favourites:
Metric - Gold Guns Girls
I think it's one of the more fun songs on the album, and it's just damn catchy! And deefinitely make sure to drop by the official site to pick up a free download of an acoustic "Help I'm Alive."
And, in keeping with "Gimme Sympathy," I must ask:
Who'd you rather be?
The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?
(My pick is The Beatles!)