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Editorial Review

Mark Jenkins reviewed Metropolitan's 2005 CD "The Lines They Get Broken" for The Washington Post:

Arlington modal-rock trio Metropolitan doesn't do anything very different on its third album, "The Lines They Get Broken" -- it just does it bigger.

With the help of co-producers Archie Moore and Jason Caddell, and what sounds like more overdubbing than in the past, the band has crafted a denser, more immediate sound. While the back-and-forth interplay between singer John Masters's noisy guitar and Shyam Telikicherla's agile, wide-ranging bass is still central to the threesome's style, the music's overall motion is more direct. There's even one song, "Made the Cut," that rides a bluesy shuffle.

"Is It Too Loud?" asks one tune, and this album does feel, if not actually sound, more boisterous. This time out, Metropolitan skips the brief instrumentals of previous CDs and reduces its music's worldly influences. Drummer Saadat Awan plays tabla, notably on "Pakistan International," but mostly his kit drives such emphatic rockers as "Homeroom" and Headway." The latter name is so apt it could be the album's alternate title.