Metric – Synthetica

January 01, 1970

(Mom + Pop


Metric again utilizes
their formula for infectious, pop-rock on their fifth album Synthetica. The slightly more subdued
cousin to 2009s Fantasies, Emily
Haines’ sugar coated vocals tenderly delivers lyrics that range from self
debasing to tongue-in-cheek wit. Opener “Artificial Nocturne” greets listeners
to grinding keyboard and Haines piercing words, “I’m just as fucked up as they
say;” thus commences an album that is far from synthetic.


Single “Youth
Without Youth” is the forerunner of the album with its rolling drums and
catchy, loopy guitar and bass. That high
point of “loud rock” found in “Youth” does not return
with the same force. In its stead Synthetica is full of either calm, pensive intros that grow louder from a buildup of musical
layers or tracks that remain at a level plateau.  And when Synthetica almost nears its end a familiar, weathered vocal appears on upbeat “The
Wanderlust” full of trickling keys, it’s only Lou Reed of course.


Nonetheless, with
nearly each track including a mesmerizing hook or chorus that slowly permeates
your subconscious – “Clone” and “Breathing Underwater” leap out from the pack
in this regard – Synthetica is a
solid album.


DOWNLOAD: “Youth Without Youth,” “Lost Kitten”

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