Old World Underground, Where Are You Now? review by Metric

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  • Released: Sep 2, 2003
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 9.3 (21 votes)
Metric: Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?

Sound — 10
"Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?" Opening line, perfect name for the album. And it reflects what this album is about: non-conventional rock/synth danceable music with clever lyrics. Was this kind of music lost? Well, thanks to Metric, it is not anymore. Either you like the synthesizer or not, it is the essencial reason why this album is so great, it replaces the lead guitar in many songs taking you and the songs to a new dimension. Of course, the rest of the band did a great job too. After listening the album, you'll feel like you're in a parallel universe. Emily Haines has an amazing voice. It just changes depending on the song, her voice turns from "childish" to sweet, and let's say, from "muttering" to energic. Another plus for Metric, they'll make you dance whether you're dancer or not, well at least it will make you jump around if you are a bit stubborn. This is just a fun album, one of those that you'll love immediately.

Lyrics — 10
Let's be serious and accept that when we think about a Female singer, love/sad songs come to our minds. Well, most of the time. Even though Metric has a female singer, the lyrics are mostly about political thoughts, the war, doubts and assumptions, how we are all becoming the same, alienation, and yeah, love and sadness after-relationship. I think the lyrics are meaningful without saying much. Not many words are required to make yourself clear if you choose the right ones.

Overall Impression — 10
It's just catchy music made in a unique style. And, it is their Debut album. Metric confirms that Canadian bands may be kind of "unknown," but when you discover them, they really go beyond your expectations. If you liked Metric, you'll definitely like Broken Social Scene, the other band that Emily Haines and James Shaw are part of.

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