The only thing you need to skip on this album is the history lesson. Metric’s [Official, Myspace] latest, Fantasies, stands on its own, without street cred previous releases may have brought to their name. Fantasies compresses the band’s talent into ten pop songs that find their root in sounds fostered by old stalwarts like The Eurythmics, and relative newcomers, The Silversun Pickups. Ultimately, the record summarizes these bands’ (and more) best parts with efficiency and startling honesty. Out April 7th this year, it will be your summer album.
While the album leans on the stronger pop hooks, such as in the first single, “Gimme Sympathy”, Metric’s greatest strength lies in syncopated beats and fuzzed out guitars. The album opener “Help I’m Alive” is an excellent kickoff to a three song stretch that reels the listener into the deeper tracks on Fantasies. Emily Haines’ voice is unadulterated ear candy, her raspy whisper threads the verses wrapped around the golden sweet anthemic choruses that fill this record. The closer, “Stadium Love”, kicks the shit out of everything I’ve heard so far this year.
Start to finish, Fantasies will easily make top ten lists in 2009 for its accessibility, incredibly strong writing, and precision production. It is, and I say this without reservation, simply excellent.