A relevant-as-ever album with a nod to sci-fi themes seems fitting as this is perhaps the best marriage of their older, and newer sounds
Synthetica looks before it leaps, pausing to reconnect with its past, then easing into the future.
There's certainly more than enough decent songs here to satisfy the faithful who may have been put off by the lacklustre Fantasies.
Synthetica is something of a polemic, but Haines' moments of ambivalence are what make the record compelling.
As the band reach more people with a growing fan base, they're not shying away from the same driving rhythms and melodies that colored their earliest songs.
On Synthetica, Metric explores the dark side of an artificial world, while simultaneously appropriating it and offering new twists on the band’s familiar aesthetic by turning away from their new wave roots.
Continuing down Fantasies’ arena-rock/new-wave trajectory and committing to it even more rigidly, the appropriately titled Synthetica nearly always sounds wonderful but often feels empty.
Synthetica preps Metric to hit the masses head-on, and while the presentation is up to snuff, it’s hard to get all that excited about the individual tracks.
Do you like Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs? Paramore? Best Coast? Beach House? Dum Dum Girls? Yuck!? You’ll find all of them in just one album. Their fifth album. SYNTHETICA.
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