well damn!

Tracking: Metric – Gimme Sympathy
April 21, 2009, 8:05 pm
Filed under: Singles | Tags: , ,

I’m not the biggest Metric fan, but I was instantly drawn in when I heard the single, “Help I’m Alive” released late last year as a pre-cursor to their latest release Fantasies.

MetricWhile “Help I’m Alive” is a suspenseful train ride showcasing Metric’s musical range, “Gimme Sympathy” (the first single released off of Fantasies) is just plain boring. It’s too…nice. Not that there is anything wrong with nice, but I don’t really associate nice with or expect nice from Metric.

The melody is too repetitive and restricted. Specifically within the chorus, which is the same short phrase of music repeated 3 times. This may have worked in a verse or if the phrase was longer, but the chorus itself is repeated enough times to just annoy me.

Even though it is almost as repetitive as the melody, the accompanying music is far more interesting. The music contains various rhythmic combinations and riffs. There is a nice contrast between the verse and chorus, but it’s not enough to give this track the support it needs.

Either way I do not enjoy this track on its own, even though it consistently gets stuck in my head.

Go to Metric’s MySpace for a listen (because after my strong endorsement I know you want to listen to it anyway)


Songs I Like
January 9, 2009, 1:07 am
Filed under: Music | Tags: , , , ,

A quick list of songs I’m currently digging.

1. Metric – Help, I’m Alive
I’m not a huge Metric fan at all, but this track is just creepy and powerful enough, I’m obsessed.

2. The Hold Steady – Sequestered in Memphis
Yeah I jumped on The Hold Steady bandwagon really late, but I just picked up Stay Positive and this is a fantastic sing-a-long track

3. Brasstronaut – Requiem for a Scene
Because who doesn’t enjoy a protest song against hipsters?

4. Rae Spoon – Come On Forest Fire Burn The Disco Down
Kind of a country version of Tegan and Sara, minus the Tegan (or the Sara). Another quasi-protest song. Seems like I have a theme going on here.

5. The Gaslight Anthem – We Came to Dance
I’ve been trying to find The ’59 Sound for the past few months but cannot find it anywhere, I happily settled for Sink or Swim and this is one of my favourite tracks.