AOTY 2018

Art of Doubt

Metric - Art of Doubt
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2018 Ratings: #434 / 705
User Score
Based on 76 ratings
2018 Ratings: #153
September 21, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
MMI, Crystal Math / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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Seven albums in, Metric have solidified their identity by creating Art of Doubt, an album that captures the breadth of their live shows while commenting on external pressures and internal questions.


Metric synthesize the stadium rock of Fantasies, the moody hookiness of Pagans in Vegas, and the new wave spunkiness of their early albums into something that's recognizably their own, instantly memorable and one of their best overall albums yet.


On this accomplished collection, the Canadian synth-punks are more forward-thinking than ever.

NOW Magazine

Art Of Doubt shows that you can still find comfort in the sounds of your past, especially if the bands who shaped you have adapted and evolved along with you.

Northern Transmissions

On an album that shows the band’s maturity and keeps the fun some of their best songs in years, there’s also some tracks that feel undercooked. While this album is dense and explorative for Metric, it doesn’t always feel that satisfying.

Spectrum Culture

Art of Doubt is a great record but it’s going to be more of a sleeper.

Under The Radar

Art of Doubt proves that Metric are no one trick pony and are willing to push the envelope outside of their comfort zone to create a layered and attractive sound that should still play well to large audiences.


It's not style over substance; they don't flaunt their electronica with avant-guard flair or make their lyrics as cryptic as code. They live in the dark, trying to bear with it, not bask in it.

No Ripcord

The slick, forceful Art of Doubt accurately identifies where their true strengths lie.

A.V. Club

While some songs retain the urgency of the band’s best work ... too many tracks find themselves lacking the enticing hooks that fuel so much of Metric’s appeal.


Emily Haines leads her band into their seventh album with their own sound, immune to trends and the zeitgeist, full of big, broad rock anthems


While Art Of Doubt doesn’t quite touch their previous high points, there’s still more than enough to keep many a Metric fan happy.

Consequence of Sound

Their emphasis on guitars has certainly helped them, but Art of Doubt feels lacking in creativity. It’s a safe album, but safety can be insipid.

Metric may have passed the peak of their Fantasies-Synthetica era but they are clearly not over-the-hill yet. by-passing the innovations of Pagans in Vegas to return to a more straight-forward sound that centers Haines in her rightful place as a great pop-punk songwriter, Art of Doubt has enough great moments to entertain, if not inspire. this doesn't add much to their discography, but it is by no means an embarrassment.
A real crescendo (hopefully not final) in Metric's increasing mastery in blending guitar-based rock and emotionally moving, often synth-driven, pop melodies. At least half of the tracks could easily stand alone as strong single releases.

There isn't anything terribly new here, perhaps explaining some of the (unfairly) mediocre reviews from the commercial press reviews. Rather, this is Metric fusing many of the best elements of their career into a beauty of an album that is sure to please ... read more
Metric return with one of my favorite albums of the year with 'Art of Doubt'. The album kicks off with Dark Saturday that immediately sets the album's tone with incredibly crunchy guitars that will undoubtedly get stuck in your head, synths layered behind that give it some real swell, and finally Emily Haines' brilliant vocal performance bringing one of the best hooks of the year. The guitar work behind the chorus of Love You Back is endlessly rewarding on every listen. The title track features ... read more
#1 Dark Saturday, #4 Now or Never Now, #5 Art of Doubt, #7 Dressed to Suppress
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#11/Drowned in Sound

Track List

  1. Dark Saturday
  2. Love You Back
  3. Die Happy
  4. Now or Never Now
  5. Art of Doubt
  6. Underline the Black
  7. Dressed to Suppress
  8. Risk
  9. Seven Rules
  10. Holding Out
  11. Anticipate
  12. No Lights on the Horizon
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Added on: September 4, 2018