Fantasies - Metric
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  • Summary: The fourth album for the indie-rock band was mixed by John O'Mahony.
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  1. Positive: 25 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. This isn’t the breakthrough album that nobody expected. This is precisely the album everyone was waiting for from Metric, a culmination of all their strengths and a slicing off of the fat that may have slowed them down in the past.
  2. There's plenty of apprehension in Metric's lyrics, but Fantasies isn't about wallowing. As Haines sings, "If somebody's got soul, you've got to make them move." Metric more than gets the job done.
  3. Metric is back with its strongest collection of songs so far.
  4. She's softened the edges just enough for you to find a way in and it pretty much liberates the whole record. The transformation overall is nothing short of terrific.
  5. 74
    Fanatsies may not have "Live It Out's" fire, but it smolders just fine, thank you very much. [Spring 2009, p.92]
  6. This Canadian-American hipster quartet's first record in four years has an electrophile slickness, not to mention a set of catchy songs.
  7. While it continues Metric's new-wave/loud-rock amalgam, the songs themselves fail to leave much of an impact.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. NathanielT
    Aug 15, 2009
    I have to say that this has become my favourite album of all time. I have listened to it non stop since it's release in April. Metric are fantastic, and even better in person. Expand
  2. CA
    Jul 25, 2009
    One of the best releases of 2009. A perfect blend of indie rock and electropop. Love more and more with each listen. Not a skipper here.
  3. MikeS.
    Jun 16, 2009
    Great album. "Blindness" kills me, "Gimme Sympathy" and "Sick Muse" are infectious. There are just a couple tracks I don't love, and I probably just haven't given them enough listens yet. I'm saving the 10 for the next album, because based on this outing I truly think they are getting even better. If you read a review where some misinformed soul cries "sellout", understand that this album is the antithesis of that. Shun the major labels, handpick your team from a network grown through years of travel sharing your music, and wood-shedding in your own studio with creative control to produce it is not selling out. Great work guys.. and gal. Expand
  4. Oct 21, 2012
    One of the essential electronic/alt. rock albums. Metric's evolution isn't all that much of what you'd call evolution, but more adaptation. Thank God what they've adapted to embraces them tightly. Expand
  5. ZachP
    Jun 7, 2009
    Solid and pleasantly expected. Nothing new, but that isn't a bad thing. Metric hasn't hit the stale scale yet; songs like "Gimme Sympathy," "Stadium Love," and "Gold Guns Girls" are fun at any time. Expand
  6. Mar 11, 2011
    A handful of great songs really make this album. I have 'Gimme Sympathy' and 'Stadium Love' on repeat. There are a few songs I could leave but overall the album is a lot of fun. Collapse
  7. ChrisS
    May 17, 2009
    This band picked up where they left-off; only to go nowhere new. 'Blindness' and the welcoming intro 'Help, Im Alive' are the highlights of this CD. Worh having, but expect no more. Expand

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