Live It Out (Last Gang Records)

The Canadian dance-rock quartet doesn't exactly begin their second album on an upbeat note. "When there's no way out, the only way out is to give in," sings Emilyaines on "Empty." In "Monsterospital" she laments, "I fought the war, but the war won!" echoing and updating the Clash's rambunctious cover of Sonny Curtis's classic. It's enough to make the entire Lower East Side nod along in blase, detached agreement. But rather than mope around in confusion, Metric overcomes their modern-day-as-wasteland musings to offer up a far more introspective and mature set of songs. Thisard-earned maturity is where the album soars, and it's melded with the music-a vibrantly dark fusing of Brit-pop sensibilities with New Age-synth arrangements and a brash, kick-ass punk foundation.aines is ater lost, vulnerable, feisty and resilient best; as the album progresses, the depression begins to lift. So what do you do when you find yourself in a place where "no one wants what we want," asaines puts it on "The Police and the Private," easily the album's finest moment? She doesn't pretend toave the answer, but she doesaveope. And perhaps the solution comes from the title track: You live it out. Jarret McNeill

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