Review: Metric, Grow Up And Blow Away

Metric is a leading light of Toronto’s Broken Social Scene circle these days, but the band was far different when it recorded its first album, Grow Up And Blow Away, in 2001. Instead of the guitar-heavy foursome familiar on the recent Live It Out, Metric was a trip-hoppy duo comprising only singer Emily Haines and guitarist James Shaw. Metric’s record label folded before Grow Up could be released, and by the time the band members found a new one, their style had changed so much that they shelved it in favor of the more-representative material on 2003′s Old World Underground, Where Are You Now? Grow Up shouldn’t be dismissed as juvenilia or a collection of discarded experiments, though. The downtempo Saint Etienne-esque sound is fully realized, and Haines’ lyrical and vocal dexterity is, if anything, given even more room to flower here.

Originally published on June 26, 2007. Read the complete article.

Interview: Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson’s gifts as a guitarist and songwriter have been apparent since his teenage days in the 1960s British folk group Fairport Convention. Albums like 1982′s Shoot Out The Lights (with then-wife Linda Thompson) and 1992′s Rumor And Sigh earned him critical praise and a loyal fan cult. He’s out now with his first new electric disc in three years: Sweet Warrior features a sizzling antiwar song in “Dad’s Gonna Kill Me,” told from the perspective of a disillusioned American soldier stationed in Iraq. From his Los Angeles home, Thompson recently talked with The A.V. Club about his albums, his songwriting, and how his personal life works into both.

Originally published on June 13, 2007. Read the complete article.

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