~ Release group by Metric


Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Fantasies CD 13 Metric Music International, Mom + Pop Music (independent NYC) 875918001926
Fantasies CD 12 Metric Music International, Mom + Pop Music (independent NYC)
Fantasies CD 10 Last Gang Records Q2 00871 060270087125
Fantasies Digital Media 12 Last Gang Records
Fantasies Vinyl 10 Last Gang Records, Metric Music International MET80021 875918002121
Fantasies CD 10 Metric Music International MET80019 875918001926
Fantasies CD 14 Metric Music International MET80019J 4582214504094
Fantasies CD 16 Last Gang Records, Love Da Records LOVECD76 4897028490472
Fantasies 2×CD 10 + 10 Metric Music International MET80072 875918007225
Fantasies Digital Media 20 Metric Music International MET80078 875918007850
Fantasies CD 11 Metric Music International


associated singles/EPs: Front Row
Gimme Sympathy
Gold Guns Girls
Help I'm Alive
Sick Muse
remixes: Electrified Fantasies
Fantasies Flashback
part of: Nicolas Di Lollo: Top Ten Albums of 2009 (number: 5)
Jeff Rogers: Top Fifteen Albums of 2009 (number: 14)
Juno Awards: Alternative Album of the Year (number: 2010)
Polaris Music Prize nominees (number: 2009)
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Wikidata: Q3739321 [info]
Wikipedia: en: Fantasies (album) [info]
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It doesn't bode well for Canadian indie troupe Metric when their fourth album opens with Help I'm Alive.

There's nothing wrong with the sure pacing, likeable crescendos, big Simple Minds drum sounds or overall tone, which appears to have been closely based on Australian dance-rock favourites Cut Copy.

But surprisingly the track is let down by the estimably talented Emily Haines. Back on Metric duty after occasional Broken Social Scene and her own The Soft Skeleton work she repeats the rather trite phrase, ''My heart keeps beating like a hammer,'' ad nauseum. It swiftly irritates.

Satellite Mind is the moment Fantasies really gets moving. Haines' vocal is now needy, angry, cold and free all at once. ''I'm not suicidal/I just can't get out of bed,'' one of many terrific lines that tie in superbly with tight, minimally scuffed guitars and drums. It's one part Hole to two parts The Go-Gos and deserves a high chart placing should the band release it as a single.

Gold Guns and Girls is another simple but effective winner. Terrific new wave momentum, great, layered lyrics – like, ''All the toys and the tools in the box/couldn't get you off.''

Gimme Sympathy takes a dive into unexpectedly pompous rock territory with a collection of synth riffs and vocal melodies that would be rejected by The Killers for being too overblown.

Elsewhere, moments like the Roxette via Avril Lavigne bluster of Stadium Love suggest Metric genuinely want to drop the indie moodiness in favour of true pop-rock stardom.

Fantasies isn't quite brilliant enough to be adored despite its occasional excellence. What happens next depends whether Metric can or want to stomach the journey from respect to fame by writing consistently commercial songs.