Sunday, 1 March 2009

Metric - Help I'm Alive

After a somewhat subdued response to her debut solo album and with Broken Social Scene in an ongoing state of transition, Emily Haines returns to Metric for the Canadian outfit’s fourth full studio release Fantasties.
First single ‘Help I’m Alive’ makes a strong case not to write off this band after previous recordings have shown inconsistencies in quality of material and failed to capture the band’s raw live energy. Moreover, journalists may not be so quick as to write off Haines as some sort of Cat Power copycat artist this time around.With a simple song structure and melody, this track may well be the most straightforward rock single the band have put out. Full of resolute, hearty basslines and distant drums the song delights with ease and almost instantaneously. Haines’ vocal range is fully exploited, sounding atmospheric and spooky throughout. If the track is any sort of indication as to how Metric have progressed for their new record, then it’s most certainly one to pay attention to.

Review by Mark Reynolds

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