It's been four years since "Live It Out," the second album by Toronto-based indie-popsters Metric, and during the long wait, the band's leaders, vocalist Emily Haines and guitarist James Shaw, have become much better known as members of the cult-favorite Canadian supergroup Broken Social Scene (from whence also came Leslie Feist). But "Fantasies" is a very welcome reminder of their original group's charms, with a buzzing electro-pop energy, an undeniably sassy sex appeal and a sleek, retro/futuristic New Wave vibe that conjures a winning merger of Garbage and Ladytron.
The band's message is never particularly deep: "Did I ask you for attention/When affection is what I need?" Haines asks in "Twilight Galaxy." (It's less embarrassing when she sticks to referencing pop culture, as she does in "Gimme Sympathy," pondering the immortal question: "Who'd you rather be: The Beatles or the Rolling Stones?") But in the end, it's all about the delightful sugar fix of those bountiful hooks, and Metric delivers more sweet treats than an extra-large Easter basket.