METRO - We’re Never Sexy

Metro - We’re Never Sexy

5 songs
19:03 minutes
***** ****
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Whenever seasoned musicians get together to form a new band, people stay cautious at first. It was no different for Metro who might have been too easily dismissed as Brit rock Luxembourgers early on in their history. Their self-titled debut CD from 2006 quickly silenced their critics when they heard the sophisticated compositions by the three-piece. In the meantime, they added John McAsskill’s Yves as their new bass player, and incorporated synthesizers into their sound. What sounded bizarre at first has matured into a very mature indie rock potpourri which is inspired as much from contemporary post punk bands as from tried and tested alternative rock bands from the Nineties.

We’re Never Sexy comes nearly two and a half years after the debut, and while some may be disappointed that this is only a five song EP, the material included does never disappoint. Even their weaker moments (not that there are any) are better than their best material from the predecessor. The EP starts with Less Than Zero, a track a few select happy people had the chance to discover on a rare pressing of last year’s summer hit She Went Under, a song that is well known by now and concludes this record. Second track is their new radio hit You’re Never Sexy which is their as yet most blatant venture into sequencer driven synth pop with a certain Eighties flair, although the guitars make sure to keep it in the here and now. A Straight Lie uses the synthesizer more decently and turns out to be another incredibly catchy indie rock song. The shorter Precious takes a little more time to get stuck in your head, but works fine with its organ and guitar driven sound.

We’re Never Sexy is something like the ultimate statement from a band that never tries to reinvent music, instead works hard and succeeds at crafting modern sounding rock songs that are perfect airplay fodder and also should appeal to quality conscious music fans. A whole longplayer full of such flawless music would definitely deserve the maximum rating.

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