Live It Out is the second proper release from multinational band Metric. 2003’s Old World Underground, Where Are You Now? gathered a loyal fanbase with it’s punchy synth-rock, decidedly anti-war agenda and the band’s energetic performances.
Though not as frenetic and immediately sing-along as Old World Underground, Live It Out is definitely not to be discounted as a sophomore slumper. It’s attraction is in the slow burn of the sonic buildup. Opener “Empty” sets a peaceful tone, Jimmy Shaw’s guitar carefully picking out a melody to chase Emily’s voice before tearing into power chord goodness. “Handshakes” and “Poster of a Girl” push some good energy into the tracklist before “Monster Hospital” brings back some of the Old World Underground vibe with Emily declaring, “I fought the war and the war won!”
While not as strong as OWU, Live It Out offers solid tracks and brings new dimension to the band’s sound.