Grow Up and Blow Away

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Grow Up and Blow Away
Studio album by Metric
Released June 26, 2007
Recorded 2001
Genre Indie rock, new wave
Length 39:10
Label Last Gang Records
Producer James Shaw
Metric chronology
Live It Out
(2005)
Grow Up and Blow Away
(2007)
Fantasies
(2009)
Singles from Grow Up and Blow Away
  1. "Grow Up and Blow Away"
    Released: 2001 (UK promo only)
  2. "Raw Sugar (Promo only)"
    Released: 2001

Grow Up and Blow Away was the first recorded album by indie rock band Metric. The album was recorded in 2001, but delayed for years by their record label.

As the years passed, the band's sound changed to the point where they no longer felt the album would be what the fans expected to hear, so Metric recorded a completely new album, Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?, and released that instead. Last Gang Records later purchased the rights to the album and released it on June 26, 2007.

Compared with the 2001 version, there were added the songs "London Halflife" and "Soft Rock Star" (Jimmy vs. Joe mix) from the 2001 EP Static Anonymity and removed the songs "Torture Me", "Fanfare" and "Parkdale". Also the order of some songs was changed and some songs (like the title track and "Rock Me Now") were slightly re-worked.

The album's title song (with the lyrics "die today" changed to "fly today") was used in a television commercial in North America for Polaroid Corporation's I-Zone Sticky Film in 2000-01.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars link
Pitchfork Media (7.6/10) link

Track listing for 2007 release[edit]

All songs written, performed and recorded by Emily Haines and James Shaw.

  1. "Grow Up and Blow Away" - 4:13
  2. "Hardwire" - 4:41
  3. "Rock Me Now" - 3:51
  4. "The Twist" - 3:36
  5. "On the Sly" - 3:58
  6. "Soft Rock Star" - 4:00
  7. "Raw Sugar" - 3:38
  8. "White Gold" - 4:09
  9. "London Halflife" - 2:41 (originally from the Static Anonymity EP)
  10. "Soft Rock Star" (Jimmy vs. Joe mix) - 4:23 (originally from the Static Anonymity EP)

"Torture Me", "Parkdale", and "Fanfare" were never re-released.

Track listing for 2001 version (never officially released)[edit]

All songs written, performed and recorded by Emily Haines and James Shaw.

  1. "Grow Up and Blow Away" - 4:25
  2. "On the Sly" - 4:01
  3. "Torture Me" - 3:51
  4. "Fanfare" - 0:24
  5. "Parkdale" - 4:53
  6. "Raw Sugar" - 3:47
  7. "The Twist" - 3:38
  8. "Rock Me Now" - 4:14
  9. "Soft Rock Star" - 4:00
  10. "White Gold" - 4:09
  11. "Hardwire" - 4:42