Metro Station

Metro Station

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Take away Metro Station's connections to the Hannah Montana franchise, and what remains is strikingly similar to Panic! at the Disco: a group of teenaged emo boys with an affinity for teenaged emo girls, MySpace, and electro-pop beats. Both bands owe their initial success to a computer-obsessed

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Take away Metro Station's connections to the Hannah Montana franchise, and what remains is strikingly similar to Panic! at the Disco: a group of teenaged emo boys with an affinity for teenaged emo girls, MySpace, and electro-pop beats. Both bands owe their initial success to a computer-obsessed age where groups are signed on the strength of their MySpace plays, regardless of their history as a live act (which, indeed, is how both of these acts were awarded contracts). It's a genre that relies as much on style -- the members' haircuts, the cut of their jeans, the swoons they'll induce -- as substance, and Metro Station is certainly all about style on this glossy debut. To the band's credit, there are some perfectly acceptable cuts here, particularly the tracks where keyboardist/programmer Blake Healy runs amok. He is the band's secret weapon, supporting his two frontmen with enough bubbling synth to keep the ship float. However, it's below the surface that the quartet runs into trouble, as not much exists beneath the polished sheen of teenaged lyrics and electronica-lite. Take the club-worthy "Shake It," whose stirring chorus is a genuine call to the dancefloor for even the most dedicated of wallflowers. But the verses are little more than high-school fluff, delving so far into the hormonal desires of their jailbait songwriters ("Your lips tremble but your eyes are in a straight stare; we're on the bed but your clothes are laying right there") that the memorable song -- once a guilty pleasure -- now simply makes the listener feel guilty. This doesn't always have to be the case; a teenaged Eve 6 once asked their listeners to "tie [them] to the bedpost" in "Inside Out," and the song still topped the charts. Eve 6 sounded old, though, while Metro Station bask in their illegality with songs like "Seventeen Forever" and the tellingly-titled "Wish We Were Older." Scattered moments of pop craftsmanship remain, but Metro Station is largely a destination for the same impressionable audience that made Hannah Montana a hit.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/22/2008
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0886972782928
catalogNumber:
727829
Rank:
5758

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Metro Station   Primary Artist
Joshua Cain   Bass,Guitar
Justin Pierre   Guitar,Background Vocals
Sean Gould   Guitar
Blake Healy   Group Member
Trace Cyrus   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Mason Musso   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Anthony Improgo   Drums,Group Member
Ghost Of Harlem   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Ed Ackerson   Engineer
Sam   Producer
Scott Riebling   Engineer
Sam Hollander   Composer
Joshua Cain   Producer
Justin Pierre   Producer
Matt Govaere   Art Direction
Sean Gould   Engineer
Blake Healy   Programming,Producer
Arjun Agerwala   Engineer
Sluggo   Producer
Metro Station   Composer

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Metro Station 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Metro station is adorable. I definitely recommend this CD to anyone who enjoys upbeat, youthful music. I'm seeing them on December 3rd in Hollywood and I'm so excited.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a most amazing band! Everytime I listen to it I feel happy. The vocals are great, the sound awesome...worth listening to and buying.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked Metro Station's album! It's fun and catchy. It sounds a little close to '80s new wave on some tracks a la Duran Duran, but the songs have such a rapid pace to each of them. Shake It is the current hit, but Kelsey is one of the stronger tracks. The drawback of the album is that it is 30"!"minutes long. One would have thought that they had more material to make it longer. The songwriting is creative and parallel to the songs' energetic rhythms. Their music has such solid electronica, pop and rock textures to them. Other standouts are Seventeen Again, Now That We're Done, True To Me, Tell Me What To Do, California and Disco.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Metro station is awesome! &quot Shake It&quot is like my all time favorite song, and &quot Seventeen Forever&quot is cool, too. I love this cd cause its amazing!
Allie_Is_The_Best More than 1 year ago
This cd is rocking! The beats of the music is so nice to me. Its not over-board and its not to peaceful but just right. I recommend the song Shake It for people who like to get up and dance. Seriously, check it out.
MimiLuvsMetroStation More than 1 year ago
It's great for parties!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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its very differnt you should give it a chance tis one very awesome cd
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