Metric
Fantasies


3.5
great

Review

by Rationalist USER (50 Reviews)
February 4th, 2010 | 11 replies | 3,608 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Fantasies is a great pop album, but hindered by some awful lyrics.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Owning a restaurant is a fragile thing. From the kitchen to the front-of-house, there are several components that keep a restaurant afloat, rather than sinking in the sea. A genre that follows a similar path is pop. A fragile genre, pop oftentimes goes to hell. Whether this be due to a singular flaw that rears its ugly head one too many times, or because of a set of problems depend entirely on the album in question. In the case of Fantasies, one major flaw hinders the album as a whole. However, Metric's Fantasies still comes out as a great album with all the hooks you could ever ask for.

From the overtly poppy “Gimme Sympathy” to the rock-tinged “Sick Muse”, Metric show that they still can create some of the most perceptible melodies around. On the former track, the 4/4 time signature melds perfectly with electronic noises to make an irresistible song. The latter makes use of a somewhat gauzy and somber set of rhythms and a cheery chorus. The pre-chorus to “Gold Guns Girls” follows a similar path. Emily Haines slips into a partial spoken-word section that piques the listener's interest. However, there are several interesting aspects of Metric's sound. “Gimme Sympathy” utilizes a vintage rave-up method and endows their instruments with an innocent yet enthralling character. This character transfers into the falsettos found on “Help I'm Alive” excellently, and never really falters. The poppy yet intriguing musicianship rarely ever becomes annoying, unlike the lyrical content.

From the ever so cliché, “I'm higher than high, lower than deep” to the cringe-worthy “everybody just wanna fall in love. Everyone just wanna play the lead”, the lyrical content here is highly immature. The lyrics oftentimes take large amounts away from potential indie-pop wonders. “Sick Muse” and “Gold Guns Girls” are prime examples of this unfortunate occurrence. These happenings are numerous, and overall make an otherwise excellent album just great.

Overall, Metric's latest is an enjoyable listen. Each song adds something new to the album as to not come across as stale. Whether this inclusion be a set of synth notes or a simplistic bass line, the musicianship is as intriguing as the vocals. The high-pitched vocals by Haines are a great inclusion, and make these ten tracks all the more perceptible. However, the lyrical content takes away from this otherwise excellent achievement and lowers its quality by a small amount. This album's biggest hindrance does not make the album a major flop; no, the album is still great. It's just obvious that Metric can do better.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
SeaAnemone
February 4th 2010



19997 Comments


pretty much, yea... except I don't like it as much (see: my review)

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Prophet178
February 4th 2010



6397 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Reminds me I wanted to listen to this.

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
February 4th 2010



28421 Comments


2.5 SeaA? gonna read ur review now

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ninjuice
February 4th 2010



6760 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review. I never care about lyrics in pop music though, unless Death Cab For Cutie count at all.

AtavanHalen
February 4th 2010



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album is amazing.

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
February 4th 2010



28421 Comments


atavanhoooooooooooooooooold on if you feel like letting go

RobotFrank
February 5th 2010



344 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ppl should be listening to Ladytron, because that's what a lot of this is. not that I don't love it.

dylantheairplane
February 5th 2010



2166 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album rules, with decent lyrics

Kiran
Emeritus
February 5th 2010



6001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

very hit or miss for me but the hits really rule

Waior
February 5th 2010



11451 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i thought she said "everybody just wants to play the wii" on sick muse

Rationalist
February 5th 2010



880 Comments


Watch out Mario's stuck me with a sickness.
Pull your little arrows out and let me live my life,
the one I ought to lead. Peach is a blond Daisy...

Everybody everybody just wantsa to falls in loves,
everybody just wantsa to play the Wii.
Everybody just wantsa to ride Luigi,
everybody just wantsa play the Wii, play the Wii, ride Luigi.



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