Metric | iTunes Session

Mini Review

One of my absolute favorite albums of 2009 was Metric‘s return-to-form Fantasies album. It brought back the danceable, gorgeous melodies that I had loved from their debut, while keeping the subtle beauty of Emily’s sadder more downbeat and vulnerable solo efforts as Emily Haines and the Soft Skeletons. It was essentially the album I think everyone was hoping Metric would eventually put out.

As great as their studio albums are, their live performances are even more amazing. Whether its the soft then loud explosions of catchy hooks, or their stripped-back acoustic arrangements of their playful, thoughtful melodies, Metric knows how to put on a good show. This is why I was so excited to hear Metric recording an iTunes session. Though not really acoustic, it features new more intimate, more impactful arrangements of many of their greatest hits, including a fabulous cover of Buffalo Springfield’s Expecting to Fly. Other standouts include a beautiful stripped back version of their biggest hit from Fantasies, Gimme Sympathy and the Breeders-esque stunner, Help I’m Alive. The only thing that would make this better would be a live variation of Black Sheep (featured in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World). They left it off of Fantasies because they felt it “too obviously reflected the band’s sound.” Anyhoo, enjoy and have a splendid weekend….will be getting quite a few new posts up this weekend!

Gimme Sympathy (iTunes Version)

Expecting to Fly (Buffalo Springfield Cover)

Black Sheep