The Canadian sea of genius known as Broken Social Scene works by assimilating influences from everywhere and exploding in ecstasy, but member Emily Haines exhibits a polished restraint on the fourth album with her primary solo project.

The Canadian sea of genius known as Broken Social Scene works by assimilating influences from everywhere and exploding in ecstasy, but member Emily Haines exhibits a polished restraint on the fourth album with her primary solo project.

Nearly everything on Metric's Fantasies, released in April, strikes a healthy balance between a buzzing, electronic haze and soft, unmistakable vocals. That tension drives opener "Help, I'm Alive" and recent single "Gimme Sympathy."

Both songs are grounded with a lush, organic clarity but made otherworldly by bass-heavy synths, pounding percussion, metallic echoes and guitarist James Shaw's relentless riffs.

Judging the band's penchant for note-perfection in the studio, their live performance should be a good one.