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Metric - Synthetica
Released: 18/06/2012 Metric Music InternationalVocalist Emily Haines describes Metric's fifth album as exploring ‘what is real vs what is artificial', which may (or may not) be a reaction to their songs having featured in a number of recent Hollywood blockbusters. Either way, the Canadian outfit's brand of slick indie-glam sounds rejuvenated here, and includes a collaboration with ‘old father rock', Lou Reed. For more information visit: http://ilovemetric.com Buy: http://ilovemetric.com/store/ Watch:
The Scotsman“A one-dimensional record...” It all sounds like a bad audition for the latest musical from Mike Batt – well scrubbed, polite and a hormone-free zone...
Slant Magazine“Banal radio fodder...” The music is heavily programmed and mechanical, the vocals callous and distant, and every song is a poker-faced exercise in resigned indifference...
Pitchfork“Synthetica is something of a polemic...” At their best, Metric resist making statements about how technology is changing our minds and culture, and simply ask thoughtful questions about it with the awareness that there are no easy answers...
MusicOMH“Reliance on a synth-rock sound inevitably draws thoughts of The Killers...” Haines is a compelling performer, and there's certainly more than enough decent songs here to satisfy the faithful who may have been put off by the lacklustre Fantasies...
The Line of Best Fit“An album that is sweet and sophisticated throughout... ” Synthetica further pulls away from the traditional indie aesthetic and their first single, ‘Youth without Youth’, has the aura of a song destined to be played with heavy rotation on any broadcasting medium...
allmusic“Modern pop that goes down easily but never bores...” That Metric were able to follow up their best record with another just as good is quite an achievement, hopefully something they will do again and again...
Spin“It’s big, glossy, sexy, and willing, but never cheap...” Synthetica manufactures dependable, big-hearted joy straight through, whether it’s slightly gloomy or coquettish or just flat-out pop fun...
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