Metric - Formentera
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Based on 17 reviews
2022 Ratings: #243 / 492
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Based on 209 ratings
2022 Ratings: #147
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Dragging you this way and that, Formentera is a stunningly curated nine-song window into Haines’ world which will leave you craving its performance in a live setting so you can let loose in the throng of a crowd.


It's more that Formentera captures the warring emotions, steady fears, and crushing uncertainty of the era it was made and delivers it wrapped up in tiumphant and true songs that one will want to spin again and again.

Under The Radar

It’s a beguiling mix of synth pop, New Wave, and alt rock that digs deep and whilst Formentera was informed by existential crisis and carries a distinct dystopian undertone, the overall impression it leaves you with is a sense of, not quite joie de vivre but certainly one of hope.


Despite the largely ominous portents, Formentera is not a harbinger. Its upbeat synth work and swirling crescendos are not just an illusion, or a cheap trick.


Nearly two decades on since their debut, their eighth album finds Emily Haines and co still going from strength to strength.

The Line of Best Fit

It's fertile inspiration for music that twists Metric’s signature sound into new shapes that seem a good fit for the psychic terrain of the supposed swinging 2020s.

Emily Haines and co.'s eighth record, inspired by and named after a Spanish island they'd never actually been to, grapples with the big questions.
The Telegraph

Formentera is a gratifying record stuffed with perfectly crafted songs by a band completely at ease in their own skin.

Twenty years in, Metric prove they’re still able to flaunt a few surprises whilst tearing through a familiar exchange of sharp sheen and double-edged themes.
Northern Transmissions
Music is at its best when it has an edge and Metric pulls this off with their latest release. It’s an ideal record for anyone who wants a good dose of energy and emphasis in their ears.
Spectrum Culture
Metric have balanced emotional weight, careful reflection and varied aesthetics for a meaty album that will play as well as through headphones as through stadium systems.
On their eighth album, the Canadian new wave torchbearers interrogate their career and mourn the death of a kind of rockstar success even as they celebrate their achievement of it.
The Needle Drop
Metric's most solid album in a decade also packs a few surprises.
Full of hits and misses as it sways back and forth between indie and electro, never quite finding its feet.

With the freedom allowed by recording at guitarist Jimmy Shaw’s new studio, the band, alongside collaborators Liam O’Neil and Gus van Go, has started stepping into a more compelling direction.


Metric is pretty cool. This album is pretty cool. For me, this is the kind of album that I would be alright with listening to if someone put it on, but wouldn’t really be the one to put it on in my own time. Metric has been 80s inspired one way or another and I feel like that comes through more on this album so that’s something. I’d say its more refined though for their sound. Nothing is bad here either. It all sounds really nice and the production is cool and all that, but ... read more


This album is fiiiiiiine...

I don't know how to exactly word this, but this style metric goes for in this album, I just kinda find to be a bit boring and uninteresting compared to Metric's older works like "Fantasies" and "Synthetica"

Many of these songs just feel kinda... samey? and do nothing that I find all that interesting.
I feel starting off the album with a 10 minute repetitive boring track to be horrible, I could barely sit through the dang thing because it just ... read more


Doomscroller - 4/5
All Comes Crashing - 3/5
What Feels Like Eternity - 4/5
Formentera - 4/5
Enemies of the Ocean - 3/5
I Will Never Settle - 3/5
False Dichotomy - 3/5
Oh Please - 5/5 ❤
Paths in the Sky - 5/5 ❤


Fav Tracks: Doomscroller, Enemies of the Ocean, I Will Never Settle, Title Track

Good Album!


This is a fresh album, one that is really interesting to listen to. It has flaws and some of the songs don't work really well, but still most of the tracks are pretty solid. Even better than what I expected. I truly enjoyed it.


Toronto band Metric have released their eighth album, Formentera. Named after the Spanish island of the same name, Metric has created a buzz by naming their latest album after the famed island as it carries significant weight in the history of rock n’ roll. Emily Haines comments on the island’s history, “We came to this realization that it wasn’t even about an actual place anymore… It was about creating an escape for yourself in your mind because you’re ... read more

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Added on: April 28, 2022