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With their fifth album, Synthetica, Toronto-bred electro-rockers Metric continue to blend sharp lyrics, memorable melodies, and formidable beats with modern instrumentations. “Speed the Collapse” presents an unfolding drama driven by nervous-sounding drumming; “The Wanderlust” perfectly contrasts Emily Haines’ sweet singing with the legendarily unflappable delivery of guest duet partner Lou Reed. The horns toward the end of the title track, in turn, warmly complement its raw guitar power.

Customer Reviews

Revox has a point….but...

I hate it when we just dismiss a view on line just because at first we seem to disagree!

Where do I agree? Revox has a very important point to make; Emily Haines and Metric are just fantastic stripped back to the bare bones. Just take the time to listen to 'Help I'm Alive' off the sessions, or go further back to Emily Haines and the solo track 'Telethon'. Her vocal is just brilliant.

But, and here is where I disagree…. this is a studio album. It is about telling a story, not about re-creating a live performance; that is why you go to the gig! I think the production may be a little too clean at times but there is no doubt that this is a fabulous album. Less grungy but like many before them they have always trod the line between being a rock/indie band with electronic undertones. There is a pop song behind every track… think that is bad? Just check out Nirvana…. Actually if you listen there are obvious influences from Sonic Youth and Velvet Underground mixed ironically with a hint of Goldfrapp. Not as immediate as Fantasies but it will grow.

I am not die hard fan just a music lover and they make GREAT music.


If you enjoy indie with rock with electronic, like me - this is perfect!
A perfect mix of people like the Joy Formidable and Sleigh Bells, I thought it is a successful album!:)

Needs a remix

Emily Haines has got a great voice. Live the band works with an uplifting enrgy that leaves you with goosebumps.
This album Is good. But it's over-produced and too compressed. A vox-tuner on 'breathing underwater' - not necessary.
Less is more. But I get this and will see them live again. The problem with many bands is they forget why they were in a band.
What I wanted to hear was the gel of a band without 'effects'. The joy of playing. It's not captured here. Less synthetics I suppose. It's already a dated production style this. The best songs for me were 'speed the collapse', 'clone','nothing but time'. Think of say someone like 'Traffic' who could play write and perform great songs without synthetics. This needed a 60s / 70s approach of delivery. But live they're great. An acoustic version would be good. Let the songs shine not the software.


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...
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