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  • Summary: The first solo album for the Metric singer finds her backed by members of Stars, Metric and Broken Social Scene (together billed as The Soft Skeleton).
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. The songs are emotive, and yet have catchy hooks; they are at times unrestrained and at others, calculated.
  2. 80
    Haines has... shown glimpses of a broken and beautiful solo artist just waiting to tell her story. This, my friends, is that breakout album in spades. [Oct 2006, p.122]
  3. A lovely record. [Summer 2006]
  4. etric's clunky riffage and hi-hat beats are replaced by simple piano figures and subtle adornments (strings, feedback, breathing organ) that draw out Haines' most stirring vocal performances to date, and the muted milieu highlights her natural, sensuous whisper, lending a sympathetic thrust to these broken-down anthems for a thirtysomething girl.
  5. She may not excel on her solo album the way she has with Broken Social Scene or Metric, but it's still a rainy-day listen.
  6. Emily Haines' breathy voice lacks range and sometimes character.
  7. 40
    Mostly frustrating... the spare instrumentation and samey melodies wear you down. [Oct 2006, p.96]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17