Long before it became cool to say, Emily Haines has been “woke”. Over the 20 years that Metric has been making music, as well as Haines’ solo and side projects, the material has frequently visited her worries about humanity or the lack thereof. With Metric‘s latest release, Art of Doubt, that hasn’t changed by any means and unlike their previous release, Pagans In Vegas, the band steers back toward their roots in synth-rock, leaving only hints of their electro-pop experiment.
As I mentioned before, Metric has been making music now for two decades. Haines, on the other hand, has been singing for nearly a decade longer dating back to her early teens. Not that you could tell by watching her on stage or by listening to her sing. There is little doubt in my mind that Haines has found the serum for eternal youth. It is the only explanation that makes any sense.
Art of Doubt also features Emily Haines‘ vocals better than we have ever heard them before. Her voice was already iconic, to begin with, and now we find out that she’s even better than we thought? There must be something in the water in Canada, as we experienced a similar scenario regarding Lights‘ latest release, Skin & Earth.
The album kicks off with the guitar-driven “Dark Saturday” that takes you all the way back to the Old World Underground, Where Are You Now? days. As it weaves its way through a slew of delectably dark tracks, it hits peaks with songs like “Underline The Black”, as well as “Dressed to Suppress” and “Holding Out”, where Haines’ voice hits new heights in both range and strength. Even her screams are spot on throughout the nearly hour-long release. Do not let the length fool you, I have listened to it several times now and I still do not want it to end.
It is pretty incredible. When I was a kid everyone talked about bands like The Rolling Stones and how impressive it was that they were still touring even if something was missing. Regardless of how long Metric and Emily Haines have been making music, you can not tell whatsoever. They are not only as strong as ever, in some ways they are even stronger. Art of Doubt is proof of that.
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