Fantasies is just the comeback Metric needed, said Jim DeRogatis in the Chicago Sun-Times. It’s been four years since the Toronto band released Live It Out, the indie popsters’ none-too-fruitful attempt at hard, guitar-driven rock. With its “buzzing electro-pop energy,” Fantasies is a “welcome reminder” of Metric’s original glossy, new wave charms.

Credit goes to Emily Haines, “the baby-voiced heart and soul of the band,” said Rebecca Raber in While James Shaw’s “nuanced guitars” add to the synthesizers once again at the forefront of Metric’s sound, Haines’ dream-like imagery and seductive coo steal the show. On the propulsive opener “Help, I’m Alive,” she moans “If I stumble, they’re gonna eat me alive / Can you hear my heart beating like a hammer?” before owning up to her actions. Haines brings to Fantasies the “newfound vulnerability and gravitas she explored on her solo work,” and the album is better for it.