Live It Out - Metric
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  • Summary: This is the second full-length for the Toronto group fronted by Emily Haines, who is also a member of Broken Social Scene.
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 23
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  1. One of the best albums in North America last year and surely one of the best of 2006 for us; Live It Out is sinister, intelligent music for sinister, intelligent people.
  2. Metric take rock 'n' roll to a smarter, more sophisticated place than do most of today's American bands.
  3. Despite questionable lyrics, it's a much more cohesive album. [8 Jul 2006, p.41]
  4. Although Metric might get lost in the ongoing mainstream melee, "Live It Out" has all the right ingredients for building a strong underground fan base. [29 Oct 2005]
  5. 70
    The perfect balance of sleaze and smarts. [Jan/Feb 2006, p.95]
  6. It hardly takes more than a deadly Haines verse and Shaw's muscled melodies to Live It Out.
  7. Even [Haines'] coos about war can't make Live feel urgent or save its slanted art-rock outbursts. [Dec 2005, p.214]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. sarahb
    Mar 5, 2006
    10
    At first it is not so great, but after a few listens it grows on you and sticks...then you are addicted and cant stop listening
  2. ChrisA
    Jun 8, 2006
    10
    Fantastic. Can't wait 'til it comes out in the UK in July.
  3. Pat
    Jun 8, 2012
    10
    One of my favorite albums ever. Can listen to any song on the album repeatedly. Definitely an album that has to grow on you, but thoseOne of my favorite albums ever. Can listen to any song on the album repeatedly. Definitely an album that has to grow on you, but those always turn out to be the best ones. Expand
  4. mattc
    Jan 10, 2006
    9
    A great pop album. Killer melodies, high energy, and pushes the envelope without breaking it. As Happyland describe the genre both bands A great pop album. Killer melodies, high energy, and pushes the envelope without breaking it. As Happyland describe the genre both bands belong to, it's "pop and little punky". Much better than Old World Undergound, and possibly as good as Grow Up and Blow Away. Expand
  5. Nov 11, 2013
    8
    This album is hard edge and demands you to stand up at attention and jump up and down in enjoyment. A great follow up to their 2003This album is hard edge and demands you to stand up at attention and jump up and down in enjoyment. A great follow up to their 2003 masterpiece "Old World Underground...". Expand
  6. KatherineB
    Nov 11, 2005
    8
    Live It Out marks a change in Metric's sound--this album features far more of the band as a whole, meaning there are is more guitar from Live It Out marks a change in Metric's sound--this album features far more of the band as a whole, meaning there are is more guitar from Shaw, more bass from Winstead, and more amazing percussion from Scott-Key. Missing from the sound is the keyboard and synth usually performed by the front woman, Emily Haines. These changes are aren't entirely good, nor are they entirely bad. Metric's songs are known to encompass elements from many genres, most notable rock, pop, and electronic. If you're one who favors Metric's more electro-pop dance songs (think Dead Disco), then you may be in for a disappointment. If you're into more rock-centric sounds, then you should really give this album a listen. Their old sound is not so much completely forgotten as it is adapted; listen closely, and you will still find bits of the keyboards and synth of the older Metric songs. The song that deviates the most from Metric's normal sound is Too Little, Too Late. This song features simple backing music and little ornamentation, with the focus being placed on Haines' vocals and the meaning of the song itself. Other notable songs on the album are Patriarch On a Vespa, Empty (which opens the album and almost from the beginning ushers in Metric's new sound), Monster Hospital, adn Glass Ceiling. Expand
  7. GeorgeL
    Sep 26, 2006
    4
    such a disappointment. The music is more rocking but there are NO songs worth playing twice.

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