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Metric goes for a softer, more approachable tact on 'Synthetica'

By Ana Anguinao • College Times

Published: Friday, June 15, 2012

Updated: Thursday, July 19, 2012


(Mom + Pop)
Grade: B

Metric should be considered one of Canada’s national treasures. The talented band fronted by singer Emily Haines tried something a bit different with its latest album, Synthetica, and it seems to have worked.

Synthetica is the group’s fifth studio album and, oddly enough, you can tell. The band has a bit of a softer, more approachable feel with this album, which isn’t exactly a bad thing. Metric is known for fast, hard songs that beg you to get up and dance. It appears however that they’re expanding their style and fully embracing it.

Each track on Synthetica sounds a bit different. Certain tracks are catchy and reminiscent of their past work (“Speed the Collapse,” “Synthetica”) while others are treading on much softer, slower ground (“Clone,” “Dreams So Real”).

There are also tracks that throw listeners through a loop. “Lost Kitten” has Haines putting on a bit of a mocking, cutesy girl voice while singing heartfelt, heavy lyrics.

The most surprising track is by far “The Wonderlust.” It stands out with Haines being accompanied by a captivating Lou Reed, who joins in on the chorus and blends in seamlessly with Metric’s style. Together with Haines, they transform what could be a flat song something special.

Luckily, this isn’t the best track on the album. There is such a variety on Synthetica that it will probably resonate with each listener differently. Hardcore Metric fans might be a bit disappointed, but new ones should definitely be intrigued.


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