Synthetica - Metric

Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Jun 22, 2012
    What feels right (or at least absolutely right now) about Metric is the perfect balance, every element in its place and in service of a set of sinuous, hook-laden, elegantly crafted pop songs.
  2. 100
    Less polished than its predecessor, 2009's Fantasies, Synthetica brings all the varied influences and styles together in perfect synchronization.
  3. Jun 14, 2012
    A spotlessly produced, classic alt-rock album that recalls Garbage's golden age. [No.88 p.58]
  4. Jun 14, 2012
    Synthetica manufactures dependable, big-hearted joy straight through, whether it's slightly gloomy or coquettish or just flat-out pop fun.
  5. Jun 11, 2012
    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.
  6. Jun 8, 2012
    Their combination of new wave coldness and glam rock glitter is a formula that works well, and Haines has a genuine talent for walking the line between tough-girl swagger and fragility.
  7. Jun 12, 2012
    On Synthetica, Metric isn't necessarily making a transition; they're simply taking stock of where they've been before figuring out where they're going.
  8. Jun 12, 2012
    Metric's lyrical concerns are increasingly philosophical, and the band grapples with big questions with earnestness.
  9. Jul 3, 2012
    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.
  10. 70
    On their fifth album there's a newfound clarity in the production that provides an added dimension to their tunes.
  11. Jun 18, 2012
    It seems that the band still have plenty to say, and the means to say it well.
  12. 70
    Synthetica is also the latest in a series of Metric albums whose greatness comes in moments, rather than being fully actualized.
  13. Jun 13, 2012
    Synthetica affirms what fans have loved about Metric: If the formula isn't broken, don't fix it.
  14. Jun 13, 2012
    They are just as edgy as they always have been. And grounded in the truth, their songs are only getting better.
  15. Jun 12, 2012
    Synthetica is something of a polemic, but Haines' moments of ambivalence are what make the record compelling.
  16. Jun 12, 2012
    The effect is of a lucid dream world.
  17. 70
    It's certainly a progression for Metric, but it's an evolution whose emotional honesty--and sonic depth--are rewarding and affecting. [Jul 2012, p.94]
  18. Jun 8, 2012
    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.
  19. Jun 18, 2012
    Even with the highlights, there remains a feeling of paralysis on Synthetica that's reflected in the uneven tracklist.
  20. Jun 15, 2012
    This unbalanced album is both the most and least fun you'll have all year.
  21. Oct 12, 2012
    Synthetica's relentless efficiency feels a tad mechanical. [Jul 2012, p.107]
  22. 60
    Throughout Synthetica, an undertow of dystopian unease drags the music away from standard pop territory into darker areas.
  23. Jun 22, 2012
    The dreamy 'Clone' has a touch of the Cocteau Twins about it, while the title track's polished riffs are pure powerpop. Only occasional moments – the lame guitar lick on 'Breathing Under Water' being one – sound outdated, proving that when it's done well, a little nostalgia doesn't hurt.
  24. Jun 21, 2012
    Synthetica has the flawless sheen of stainless steel and feels just as workaday, with even the industrial buzz of Artificial Nocturne and Youth Without Youth polished to a characterless gleam.
  25. Jun 14, 2012
    On the whole, there is a lack of connection that makes it hard to qualify Synthetica as an entirely memorable album.
  26. Jun 15, 2012
    Easy to dismiss, but possible to take seriously if so inclined.
  27. Jun 12, 2012
    A full-length listen to Synthetica in all its endlessly-restating glory will only do more to hammer home how few tricks the band has up its collective sleeve.
  28. There's a lot of kinda clichéd and heavy-handed stuff.
  29. Jun 8, 2012
    For a large chunk of the album, the band seems to assume that Haines's ice-queen snarl somehow lends Synthetica's bland, hookless milieu a cool irreverence, but more often than not, what's supposed to be punk-ish detachment often plays like the group is bored by their own material.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 53 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. May 18, 2014
    I really liked this album. I agree with the guy that said "it's Metric all grown up". Throughout the whole album there are some great songs that keep up the interest. Both the tunes and lyrics capture great sentiments. (Speed of Collapse, Nothing but Time, Clone, etc). This was one of my favorite albums of recent memory. Full Review »
  2. Dec 3, 2013
    Metric's 'electronic' album doesn't push the boundaries enough to be anything more than pop music. I was truly disappointed in this release as less than half the tracks are compelling. Full Review »
  3. Jul 14, 2013
    Easily the best album of 2012. Not only does the record lack a bad song, but the songs flow together beautifully, each building upon the last. Personally, I even prefer this album to Fantasies, though barely. Full Review »