Fantasies

Fantasies

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Metric's third full-length album, Fantasies, is a glossy, slick, and so-clean-you-could-eat-off-it slice of modern rock that may scare off some of the band's early fans due to the unrepentant commercial nature of the album. Anyone who isn't repelled by the band's professionalism and ambition to sound perfect will find it to be quite enjoyable. You can't

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Metric's third full-length album, Fantasies, is a glossy, slick, and so-clean-you-could-eat-off-it slice of modern rock that may scare off some of the band's early fans due to the unrepentant commercial nature of the album. Anyone who isn't repelled by the band's professionalism and ambition to sound perfect will find it to be quite enjoyable. You can't begrudge them taking a shot at the big time, especially when the result is as good as this. And it's not like they are doing anything radically different here; it just sounds freshly painted and shorn of any defects. In other words, it sounds just like an album by one of the bands that inspire them, finely tuned machines like the Cars, Garbage, Blondie, and Missing Persons. Or conversely, they sound sort of how you'd imagine the ideal Idol contestant's album would sound -- huge with an excess of glittering and hooks. Indeed, most of the songs on Fantasies wouldn't sound out of place on a Kelly Clarkson record; they are finely crafted, totally focused, and powerful pop songs that blend '80s new wave, '90s alt-rock, and timeless pop songcraft into compact pop nuggets. If "Sick Muse" were given a push on radio, it could easily be a big smash for the band. The hand-waving chorus, the pulverizing drumming, and the smooth-as-glass production are perfect for the airwaves. Quite a few others sound like they too should be blasting out of car radios on summer streets; the laser beam-tight "Gold Guns Girls," the shimmering "Front Row," and the propulsive "Gimme Sympathy" all fit this bill perfectly. The few ballads that dot the album like frozen teardrops betray none of the warm introspection that Emily Haines brought to her solo albums; her singer/songwriter demons sound like they've been exorcised once and for all here. Instead, they sound big enough to reach the back row of a stadium, as does the whole album. That Metric title a song "Stadium Love" gives you a clue to the ambition of the band. There's nothing small or careful about Fantasies -- it's a full-on bid for pop glory and it's a smashing success.

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Release Date:
04/14/2009
Label:
Metric Music Int'l
UPC:
0875918001926
catalogNumber:
80019
Rank:
13743

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Fantasies 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
SparklyAthena More than 1 year ago
I first heard 'Help I'm alive' on the radio. I know, I know, totally uncool. How dare I try to recommend an album that I didn't know of BEFORE it was on the radio? Shameless. After hearing that song, I immediately purchased their album and fell for it. My other fave track is 'Gold, Guns, Girls'. Metric's lead singer has a soft but fierce voice. It's a little disarming because you hear her and think she's a delicate fluff but if you listen to the lyrics, you get a dose of the girl power that isn't harsh. Metric's music is fun to listen to and I look forward to their next album :)
horrorhound More than 1 year ago
I wasn't all that surprised when I heard Metric was being played on the radio (I don't ever listen to radio) especially with how accessible this record is. I'm a big fan of Metric and their style on the new record does not disappoint. This is not a great departure for the group, but it is a dance-step of their evolution. Great beats and near-quirky vocals make this perfect for people who like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs but are looking for less punk and more booty shaking time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After i heard one of their song--help.i'm alive-- on a tv show. Their name started to popping up all around me, later i started listing to --sick muse--after that i was hooked. i like their style too. recommend their CD if you love one song you'll love them all!!!
Walla More than 1 year ago
I looked all over for this cd only knowing one song and one sound. When I found the cd and listened to the entire album, I loved each one as much as the first. Buy this cd!
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