Metric’s fifth studio album immediately captures listeners by the first verse, surpassing a musical plateau into uncharted territories that provide unimaginable pleasures. The pop driven electro bright melodies fuel each track from beginning to end with no signs of exhaustion. Emily Haine’s vocal range discloses a vulnerable and secluded tone, which slowly evolve into a fast paced self-realization reflecting life and visual surroundings. Synthesizers and addicting harmonies paint bright images that are complimented with uplifting lyrics and high-pitched bells making it impossible to sit still while listening. The eleven-song track list appears specifically arranged as it gains momentum throughout the album revealing impulses and vitality until the last note. Haine spends plenty of time reassuring that life still exists within her yet questions every aspect of reality when possible.
Synthetica is without question an album from the future sent to be enjoyed today. Thick dream layers hover above each track, and alternate from fast paced electro guitar riffs to seducing drumbeats. ‘Youth Without Youth’ is the first reason to dance as if no one is looking which reflects the albums embedded theme. ‘Clone’ incorporates bullet time features that teleport audiences’ underwater swimming between ripple effects. A guest appearance featuring Lou Reed adds a classic twist to a chorus that repeats long after the song concludes. ‘Nothing But Time’ is the perfect send off to a well-rounded effort by Metric, invoking optimism, desire and exhilaration. The lyrical content ends as strongly as its inception leaving the audience desperately yearning for more.
Grade- A+++++++++++++ (Did i mention a PLUS?)
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Album Review by: Jacob Gaitan