Oh Metric, how I continue to heart thee. Though the quartet is straying from their dance-punk roots one cannot help but bop their heads and bounce to the upbeat music Metric creates. The music is fun, light and danceable, what more could you ask for? Blurt review below:
(Mom + Pop Records)
Metric again utilizes their formula for infectious, pop-rock on their fifth album #Synthetica.# The slightly more subdued cousin to 2009s #Fantasies,# Emily Haines’ sugar coated vocals tenderly delivers lyrics that range from self debasing to tongue-in-cheek wit. Opener “Artificial Nocturne” greets listeners to grinding keyboard and Haines piercing words, “I’m just as fucked up as they say;” thus commences an album that is far from synthetic.
Single “Youth Without Youth” is the forerunner of the album with its rolling drums and catchy, loopy guitar and bass. That high point of “loud rock” found in “Youth” does not return with the same force. In its stead #Synthetica# is full of either calm, pensive intros that grow louder from a buildup of musical layers or tracks that remain at a level plateau. And when #Synthetica# almost nears its end a familiar, weathered vocal appears on upbeat “The Wanderlust” full of trickling keys, it’s only Lou Reed of course.
Nonetheless, with nearly each track including a mesmerizing hook or chorus that slowly permeates your subconscious—“Clone” and “Breathing Underwater” leap out from the pack in this regard—#Synthetica# is a solid album.
DOWNLOAD: “Youth Without Youth,” “Lost Kitten” APRIL S. ENGRAM
If you are not already, follow Metric and listen to Clone, a quieter number from Synthetica but just as alluring as the louder tracks!