Metro
Metro


4.5
superb

Review

by Aaron W. STAFF
October 10th, 2015 | 20 replies


Release Date: 1976 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "You know that it's not really what it seems to be, but like the Devil's invitation, it might just set you free..."

Upon the imminent end of the 1970s, the epigram of “out with the old, in with the new” was moreso literal than ever. Overseas in England, punk rock was taking the wheel with disenchanted youths with a great focus on rebellion, urban life, and going against the social norms. For punk, simplicity was key. So what good does it do for groups in a progressive or glam-like vein" Not exactly too much, as progressive rock went the way of the dinosaur, failing to get a hold of the public as they once did earlier in the decade. Glam rock as a whole was disregarded as a fad that was a relic of a generation that was caught up in their newfound sexual freedom, as well as the concepts that came with the flamboyance of glam (androgyny, camp, gender roles). So by the late 1970s, it can be said that both progressive rock and glam were dead and buried, or at least a very faint blip on the radar over in Britain. Now, what does this have to do with the trio known as Metro" Quite a bit if I’m being liberal about it all. Metro were a short-lived group made up of three multi-instrumentalists (Peter Godwin, Duncan Browne and Sean Lyons) who were influenced by the sounds of various glam and progressive groups of the decade, such as Roxy Music, Sparks and David Bowie. Metro itself didn’t fall into either the glam or progressive categories so easily, instead going for an assorted array of sounds that made it difficult to designate into one specific genre.

Unleashed upon an unsuspecting public in 1976, Metro was flagrantly sexual, keeping in touch with the band’s glam influences – most notable on opener ”Criminal World” and the eight-minute epic ”Flame”. On the cover to the album is the image of two sharply dressed men (Godwin and Browne, respectively), looking straight out of a chic Roxy Music-themed social. These allusions to the glam groups of yesteryear not only in style, but lyrically as well gave an edge to Metro’s sound and image. The music itself presented on Metro is as confrontational as any punk band, expressive as any progressive group, and most definitely flamboyant and suggestive in the spirit of glitter. Containing rather sensual lyrics (although tame to today’s standard), ”Criminal World” is a stellar introduction to the boys in Metro, upholding a seedy, yet sleek mood to the album. Other tracks, such as the jangly pop standout ”Mono Messiah”; the cabaret-flavoured, melancholy ballad ”One-Way Night” and the rather progressive rock-ish finale ”Jade” all offer contrasting vibes and concepts to the listener that could possibly leave a striking impression to last for who knows how long.

Unabashedly evocative in their writing and a tad bit challenging to “get”, Metro burned out as soon as they arrived on the scene. A few years too late for the glam rock craze, and not too far from the rise of the New Romantics, the band failed to realize their full potential and faded into near- obscurity (after two more albums, without Duncan Browne’s involvement) by the 1980s. The band however, lived on in David Bowie’s 1983 mega-hit Let’s Dance, which featured a cover of ”Criminal World”, admittedly Metro’s signature song. While seeming like the remnants of British glam rock, Metro had proven on their debut effort that they might’ve foreshadowed the New Romantic movement of the 1980s, using the camp ideals of glam as the vanguard of the strapping movement that was taking a similar hold of Britain in the same way punk had did a few years earlier.



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Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
October 9th 2015


18549 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

"Criminal World" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPLkzskWmq8

"One-Way Night" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-KKFmXA64U

"Jade" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yXrbluSdvA



glam progressive new romantic shit for the ages

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BMDrummer
October 9th 2015


14480 Comments


check em

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
October 9th 2015


18549 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

nope man, the term was coined in the 90s apparently

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
October 10th 2015


18549 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

goddamnit

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
October 10th 2015


41415 Comments


lmfao Sach's comment

good review bud

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
October 10th 2015


18549 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

thank you rowbro



this and the two recs on the side are the holy trinity tbh

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
October 10th 2015


14175 Comments


noice review bro

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ExplosiveOranges
October 10th 2015


4408 Comments


(androgyny, camp, gender roles)

..... camp?

probably gonna jam this in a lil bit

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
October 10th 2015


18549 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

as in the style that was prominent in theatre and glam acts

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camp_(style)

TwigTW
October 10th 2015


3661 Comments


Nice review, enjoyed reading the history--still waiting for Sputnik to add a glam genre tag.

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Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
October 10th 2015


18549 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

@Sach this is no American Pie: Band Camp VI: American Tromboner, for real

@Twig neat man, but genre tags need updating big time

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
October 12th 2015


6681 Comments


really nice review Frip, was gonna proofread it like you asked but I think this is fine. the biographical component is good - not too much, but still informative enough to set the stage. you use creative descriptors too. yeah. good one : ]

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
October 12th 2015


18549 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

thanks man, I was kind of worried considering there's extremely little info on these guys. Peter Godwin is on Facebook and managed to contact him about this, but didn't get a response (yet).

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
October 12th 2015


6681 Comments


a little info is better than too much imo. you still want to engage readers who've never heard of these guys, so going overboard can make ppl lose interest. i like the amount you used.

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
October 12th 2015


18549 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

Got it, JSpot. Thanks again man!

TwigTW
October 24th 2015


3661 Comments


Still playing those three songs, if only the whole album was that good . . . Meanwhile, just read that the "Criminal Mind" single was banned on BBC radio: too sexual, or bisexual, something like that.

LotusFlower
February 3rd 2016


12001 Comments


Nice find Fripper, this is some nice stuff.

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
February 25th 2018


18549 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

What a criminal world

The boys are like baby-faced girls

What a criminal girl, she'll show you where to shoot your gun


Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
October 16th 2018


18549 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

sup check this album thanks

MrSirLordGentleman
February 8th 2019


12364 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

opener rulz hard



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