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Emily Haines, ‘Knives Don’t Have Your Back’ (Last Gang)

Occasionally beautiful and often brain-meltingly boring, the solo debut of Metric’s Emily Haines is mostly frustrating. Songs such as “The Maid Needs a Maid” boast clever wordplay and Haines’ girlish contralto, but the spare instrumentation (usually just piano) and samey melodies wear you down. Still, there are some saucy moments, like on the otherwise sluggish “The Lottery,” when Haines sings about wanting “what everyone wanted since bras started burning up ribs in the ’60s.”

Now Hear This:Emily Haines – “The Lottery” (Download MP3)

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