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  • Summary: The fourth album for the indie-rock band was mixed by John O'Mahony.

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Help I'm Alive
I tremble, they're gonna eat me alive If I stumble they're gonna eat me alive Can you hear my heart beating like a hammer? Beating like a... See the rest of the song lyrics
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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. The complex emotional duality of the disc is nothing less than penetrating. Most of the tracks are danceable as well as lonesome, and can be enjoyed in a variety of settings.
  3. They’ve certainly lost none of the delicious oddball energy that comfortably pitches their carefree electronic and romance-heavy tunes as the work of a lounge Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
  4. The first three tracks build with effortless new-wave energy, making Fantasies an album you’d want to listen to while pre-drinking.
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    74
    Fanatsies may not have "Live It Out's" fire, but it smolders just fine, thank you very much. [Spring 2009, p.92]
  6. 70
    Fantasies is a welcome return, but it's not without flaws.
  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: 16 out of 18
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  1. TheBigCrunch
    Jul 20, 2009
    10
    I've never been much of a Metric fan, but this album is just about perfect. No, they're not coming anywhere near a reinvention of I've never been much of a Metric fan, but this album is just about perfect. No, they're not coming anywhere near a reinvention of the wheel, but jaw-dropping originality is often as irascible as it is thrilling. Perfect pop albums however are always welcome. Best album of the year for me so far. Expand
  2. Aug 11, 2018
    10
    This is the album that really sold me on Metric. Favorite songs from Fantasies: Help I'm Alive, Sick Muse, Satellite Mind, Twilight Galaxy,This is the album that really sold me on Metric. Favorite songs from Fantasies: Help I'm Alive, Sick Muse, Satellite Mind, Twilight Galaxy, Gold Gun Girls, Gimme Sympathy, Collect Call, Front Row, and Stadium Love. Amazing that there are so many favorites on an album! Love their sound, their lyrics, their imagery, and the feeling the music inspires. Expand
  3. CA
    Jul 25, 2009
    10
    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.
  4. MikeS.
    Jun 16, 2009
    9
    Great album. "Blindness" kills me, "Gimme Sympathy" and "Sick Muse" are infectious. There are just a couple tracks I don't love, and I 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
  5. Jun 9, 2016
    8
    Probably one of the strongest Metric album if not the most commercially successful. This was the golden age of the band and really projectedProbably one of the strongest Metric album if not the most commercially successful. This was the golden age of the band and really projected them into the spotlight. Download: Gimme Sympathy, Help I'm Alive, Satellite Mind. Expand
  6. JasonB
    Aug 7, 2009
    8
    Whoever said that this is pop marketed as indie rock is retarded. Metric has been around for a while now and are here to stay. The album is Whoever said that this is pop marketed as indie rock is retarded. Metric has been around for a while now and are here to stay. The album is slick which is not the same as commercialized. Emily Haines provides interesting, quirky vocals on tracks like "Stadium Love", one of the best tracks on Fantasies. Overall it is a very consistent album. Expand
  7. ChrisS
    May 17, 2009
    5
    This band picked up where they left-off; only to go nowhere new. 'Blindness' and the welcoming intro 'Help, Im Alive' are 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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