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First Listen: Emily Haines, 'Choir Of The Mind'

The Metric singer returns with her first solo album in a decade — and another set of reflections too raw for the band that made her famous.
Emily Haines' Choir Of The Mind is out Sept. 15. Source: Justin Broadbent

Back in 2006, inspired by a rough patch in her life, took a break from her dance-pop band and embarked on a brief but fruitful solo career. Trading buzzy synths and beats for, a bleak but elegant set of chamber-pop ballads about aching and making do. Then, with her solo turn seemingly out of her system, she returned to Metric, which went on to release another string of hard-charging dance records. It's now been a decade since Haines' previous solo release, a 2007 EP titled

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