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Not going to bandwagon because...

God this is disappointing. They had so much time to work on this record and this the result? Predictable Synth beat, repetitive lyrics over and over; lyrics which are empty and really make no sense. What is the need to repeat the same 5 words over and over? We got it the first 3 times thanks. Loved the last album by Metric but this is terrible in comparison.

A Fantastic Musical Journey

Metric have created a great record. The Reflection instrumentals are genuine and moving. Reflection #6 is a happy go-lucky little jingle.The album has many great pop sensibilities. I hear 80's synths, guitars that chime and great rhythms. Youth Without Youth hasn't left rotation on my MacBook & iphone since I got it. Great work from Metric !!!

Their worst album

Coming from a big Metric fan, I have to admit it: Synthetica is Metric's worst album.

While the actual songs are suitably varied, Emily's normally memorable lyrics are notably forgettable. Songs on Synthetica sound "nice" rather than having any impact. I have listened to the album 5 times, and few melodies or hooks stick in my mind. Live it Out, Old World Underground and Fantasies were instantly memorable alt-pop, but Synthetica sounds disconnected and at times, bored. The rebellion on "Youth Without Youth" sounds absolutely canned and called-in compared to earlier work like "I.O.U." and "Handshakes". "Lost Kitten" captures some of "Grow Up and Blow Away" spark, but the rest of songs would sound like album filler on any other Metric album.

My friend nailed it on the head this morning when he said "This sounds like Metric covering forgettable Coldplay b-sides." Ouch.


Formed: 1998 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Metric are a band with an eclectic, adventurous outlook, whose music encompasses elements of synth pop, new wave, dance-rock, and electronica and whose hometown has vacillated between Toronto, Montreal, New York, Los Angeles, and London over the course of the group's existence. Metric's story began in 1998, when vocalist/keyboardist Emily Haines met guitarist James Shaw in Toronto, Canada. Although born in New Delhi, Haines -- the daughter of Paul Haines, a Canadian-American poet best known for his...
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