I think I’m prob­a­bly a big Met­ric fan even though I’ve nev­er ac­tu­al­ly sent any mon­ey their way, be­cause when­ev­er a song comes on the ra­dio I find my­self hum­ming and smil­ing. Espe­cial­ly Gimme Sym­pa­thy.

This is from Fan­tasies, re­leased in 2009, which sure got a lot of ra­dio play up here in Canada. Emi­ly Haines has a fine, sweet, pen­e­trat­ing, voice, and ma­jor song­writ­ing chop­s. Met­ric cuts right through the factory-produced schlock that most­ly fills rock ra­dio (and by the way al­ways has, it’s just we for­get the schlock of pre­vi­ous decades).

Fantasies by Metric

I haven’t seen them play, but dur­ing the 2010 Win­ter Olympics here in Van­cou­ver, there was a weird but ex­cel­lent con­cert in which a bunch of mu­si­cians not in­clud­ing Neil Young but in­clud­ing Lou Reed and Elvis Costel­lo put on an evening of Neil Young songs. Emi­ly Haines did A Man Needs A Maid and ab­so­lute­ly nailed it, one of the thrills of the evening.

[Tim, no Neil Young in this se­ries yet, what’s up with that? -Ed.] [Yeah, where do I start? -T]

This song has beau­ti­ful chord changes, a haunt­ing tune, and the words stick in your head too; would you rather be a Bea­tle or a Rolling Stone? It can hold its head high in Song Of The Day com­pa­ny.

This is part of the Song of the Day se­ries (back­ground).

Links · Spo­ti­fy playlist. This tune on Spo­ti­fy, Ama­zon, iTunes. Love­ly live video.

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