- Synthetica

Metric - Synthetica
CRITIC SCORE
70
Based on 24 reviews
2012 Rank: #497 / 929
USER SCORE
73
Based on
49 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
The 405

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

75
A.V. Club

Synthetica looks before it leaps, pausing to reconnect with its past, then easing into the future.

70
musicOMH

There's certainly more than enough decent songs here to satisfy the faithful who may have been put off by the lacklustre Fantasies.

70
Pitchfork

Synthetica is something of a polemic, but Haines' moments of ambivalence are what make the record compelling.

70
Under The Radar

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.

70
Consequence of Sound

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.

56
Paste

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.

50
PopMatters

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.

Jul 7, 2017*
domenic
100
this is my bible. matthew mark luke and john are dead
Mar 24, 2016
Felindie
75
Fav Tracks: Breathing Underwater, Youth Without Youth, Synthetica
Sep 13, 2015
SiberianBreaks
40
Metric's latest effort shows the band migrating into the ever so pitiful genre known as "instagram rock." The album is coated in this retro, glossy production and manages to sound as inoffensive as possible. Come to think of it, that Lou Reed feature was more offensive than 'Lulu.'

Favourite tracks: Speed the Collapse, Breathing Underwater
Sep 4, 2015
80
Again, for the third Metric album in a row, I find myself at least really enjoying every track on the release. "Synthetica", with all its weird bells and whistles and sci-fi-tinged balladry, still comes across as a very genuine and heartfelt collection of songs. Emily Haines' lyrics still get me, the instrumentals are danceable, and though a lot of the extra sound effects and textures are pretty superfluous and useless, at the core of every song is a really solid ... read more
Jun 18, 2015
urbadave
90
Maybe I've got a voice-crush for Emily Haines, but I just love this album. The music is intricate and complex, the vocals are dead-on and the lyrics are wonderful.
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# 47 - SPIN
# 13 - Spinner
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# 33 - Drowned in Sound
Track List
  1. Artificial Nocturne
  2. Youth Without Youth
  3. Speed the Collapse
  4. Breathing Underwater
  5. Dreams So Real
  6. Lost Kitten
  7. The Void
  8. Synthetica
  9. Clone
  10. The Wanderlust
  11. Nothing But Time
Contributions By
patton, erik, Novell_sx, philthy


Added on: February 22, 2012