Pagans in Vegas

Metric - Pagans in Vegas
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2015 Ratings: #813 / 892
User Score
Based on 56 ratings
2015 Ratings: #572
September 18, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
Metric Music International / Label
Indie Pop, Synthpop / Genres
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A.V. Club

Pagans In Vegas has a strong and consistent tone, more uplifting than most of the previous work, but retaining both the lyrical skepticism and dark musicality of so much of Metric’s catalog.


On their sixth full-length studio album ... most of the tracks are so refined they sparkle.

It's a bit of a letdown to anyone who loved how huge the band sounded on their last two records, but it also allows Metric a chance to experiment a little and try to connect on a more personal level.

Pagans in Vegas is still undeniably Metric. It might even be quintessentially Metric. It’s just not the top tier work that’s become expected of them in the latter part of their career.

Rolling Stone

Such wide-eyed directness is a nice fit for a record that completes Metric's decade-long move from taut, testy indie rock toward a synthier, dreamier sound.


Pagans in Vegas deepens the new-wave  dalliances of its predecessor (2012's Synthetica) with their slinkiest, slickest palette to date.


The trouble is that there seems to be a fair amount of Metric on autopilot on Pagans In Vegas.

NOW Magazine

Given how much Pagans In Vegas sounds like a transitional album, it'll be intriguing to hear where that one takes them.


Something does have to change for Metric to arrest their downward trajectory.

Consequence of Sound

After listening to Pagans in Vegas, it would seem that the indie world (and even a good chunk of the mainstream itself) has caught up or even lapped them.

Under The Radar

Fantasies and Synthetica were a slow descent downwards, but it's Pagans In Vegas and its 12 tracks of tired melodies that sees Metric part with what gave them edge in the beginning: sharp lyrics, double-time guitar riffs, and a pen that writes without an awareness of the media.

No Ripcord

Metric has become a dull droid where it used to be an instant dance party.

Some older fans seem to be blinded by nostalgia and what Metric used to be. They were rough around the edges and their lyrics spoke on what is wrong with the world. Pagans seems to be doing the opposite. Metric sing Celebrate and The Shade singing about how fun this world can truly be. This is just one side to Metric's evolution. The other will be released this year. This album is so fun.
Another profound, relevant, and distinctive addition to the Metric catalog. Sonic bliss.
yeah i didn't really dig this one. i was so excited when they dropped the shade, it was straight up one of their best singles to date, so fucking catchy, well written and produced. but the rest of the singles were just meh, and so was the album. i honestly haven't listened to it since it came out so maybe i can go back and try again but for now, its a no from me.
Metric’s 6th record left a bit to be desired. Coming off the success and sound change of 2012’s Synthetica, the band wanted to merge their new cyber-synth sound with the rock ruccos that made them famous. Though at times this does work, for the most part the album seems forced, unfocused and slapped together.
Download: Cascades, The Shade, Other Side
Fav Tracks: The Shade, Other Side, Cascades
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Track List

  1. Lie Lie Lie
  2. Fortunes
  3. The Shade
  4. Celebrate
  5. Cascades
  6. For Kicks
  7. Too Bad, So Sad
  8. Other Side
  9. Blind Valentine
  10. The Governess
  11. The Face, Pt. I
  12. The Face, Pt. II
  13. Office Towers Escalate
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Added on: June 3, 2015