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Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
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From the leadoff track, "Fizz," you might correctly surmise that Joydrop are a garagey, raucous, female-led pop band. But this Canadian foursome are also much more. Using samples and loops for an effect that is modern yet ...  more »


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All Artists: Joydrop
Title: Metasexual
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Tommy Boy
Original Release Date: 2/9/1999
Release Date: 2/9/1999
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Style: American Alternative
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 016998123720

From the leadoff track, "Fizz," you might correctly surmise that Joydrop are a garagey, raucous, female-led pop band. But this Canadian foursome are also much more. Using samples and loops for an effect that is modern yet organic, Joydrop are not easily categorized. Their songs run the gamut from mellower adult alternative to modern rock, drawing logical comparisons to the Cardigans and Garbage, with a tad of Blondie swagger tossed in. With 14 songs adding up to more than an hour of music, Metasexual showcases the wide range and depth of the quintet's talents. Vocalist Tara Slone, whose opera and theater training serves her well, moves easily from pensive to powerful, her delicate yet forceful pipes the glue that binds Joydrop's sometimes disparate Euro-style pop. --Katherine Turman

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Awesome melodic Canadian music.
tsmason | Saint Marys, GA | 12/05/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I remember back in August and September 1999, hearing Joydrop's "Beautiful" on the radio. I thought the song was awesome. Acoustic guitars on the verses, HEAVY electrics on the chorus. At first, I thought the song was being sung by a male and a female. The actual vocals in the chorus is Tara Slone with effects on her voice, cool. Along came October 1999, I had tickets to go see Joydrop. I went up to the autograph line after their set. Joydrop then became the first signed rockband that I talked to, touched, and had autographs from. I didn't have their album until December, though. At first I didn't like it.It was hard to get used to because it wasn't from the region. I listened to it, and became more entangled in the melodic lyrics and guitar lines. Parts that stick out in my mind about the album are the string section on "Breakdown", the dramatic depressing "Cocoon" with the high-tuned snare drum, and of course the second single "Spiders," probing it's catchy lyrics into my brain. I don't think this is the best yet, Joydrop has more up their sleeve, in my opinion. We'll just have to wait.Great album, awesome melodies, talented music.4 stars."
More then a drop
Shannon Celine | Miami, FL United States | 06/09/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"No, I can't say they're a lot like Garbage, but, one of their songs is definitely Garbagesque. "Beautiful" does have those qualities that Garbage is famous for. I'm a huge Garbage fan, and I can't say that Joydrop is better then Garbage, but, I can't say they're worse either. The first time I heard "Beautiful" was on a late Sunday night while I was watching MTV's 120 Minutes. I don't love this show, but, it's an hour and a half of music videos, how can I resist? As soon as I heard the first lyric "If I was beautiful like you..." I started paying attention. I thought "Oh wow! It's one of those self-esteemish kind of songs!" I'm always up for those, so, I continued watching. As soon as the song exploded into that "I'm beautiful like me!" chorus, I thought "How genius is that?!" I only got to see the video one other time on 120 Minutes, so, I was looking for more. One day I was on AOL, and my friend IMs me and says "Have I got a CD for you! Joydop, Metasexual!" I was like, "Oooo! Now I really have to get this CD!" It was a while before I finally got the album, but, it was worth the wait. When I first heard the opening song, I was a little freaked out because it was more of a rock oriented song and I'm more into that alternative route. I skipped ahead to afew of the songs and I was a little turned off by them. They just weren't my type of music. I knew I would have to give the album another try, and as soon as I did that, I was surprised at how much better they sounded. They finally got through to me! Garbage or no Garbage, Joydrop is very talented! "Beautiful" will always be a major stand out, but, I love "Breakdown" and "Over+Under". Go ahead, give 'em a listen!"
Edgy, versatile debut
Angel of the Future | Morgantown | 12/31/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Their Sound/Their Music-Joydrop's debut CD is basically edgy pop-rock, with an emphasis on rock, but certain songs are synth pop or melodic shouting. They even have a few light, ballad type songs. Lead singer Tara Slone has a wide vocal range (she can sing sweetly and softly for one song, and be melodically shouting the next) and sounds good singing all styles of song.

Best songs-
2)"Beautiful"-This is a song about wanting to be as beautiful as that popular girl who can get away with anything and everything because of her looks. This song is just so awesome, not only because of the message or its relatability, but because it starts out very balladesque and switches over to melodic shouting for the chorus. Best lyrics: "If I was beautiful like you/I'd be quick to assume/They'd do anything to please me why not/I see their reaction when you walk into the room..." and "That would never never be/'Cause I'm not beautiful like you/I'm beautiful like me..."
3) "Breakdown"-Again, this is a song that starts out balladesque, but gets much louder (harsher might be a better word). The message of the song is nothing unique, where it's a girl who really, really wants a guy but knows he might not feel the same about her, but it's presented in a fresh perspective. Best lyrics: "And I don't see you anymore/And I can't see you on the floor/It's like a nightmare come to life..." and "You know I want you too much/You know it kills me the thought..."
4) "Spiders"-This edgy rock song describes falling out of love and really starting to hate that person. More specifically, it's about all the things they liked about that person that they now hate. Best lyrics: "Those hands I once longed to feel/I wanna squash them under my heel" and "I never thought I'd see the day/I never thought I'd hear myself say..."
6)"Dream Today"-It's hard to exactly describe the instrumentation of the song, but to me it sounds poppy with synth effects in the background. The message to the song feels almost hidden, but it's a commentary on today's world and what's most important to people (material goods and money). Best lyrics: "The sound of the bell rings/To the king they must bring/The latest report on where the dollar's sitting" and "Love is money in the bank/Watch the little darlings grow/Scared for them rightly so..."

Final Recommendations-This CD covers so many emotions, so many thoughts, and I highy recommend getting it."