Metascore
71

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
    100
    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
    80
    A spotlessly produced, classic alt-rock album that recalls Garbage's golden age. [No.88 p.58]
  4. Jun 14, 2012
    80
    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
    80
    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
    80
    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
    75
    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
    75
    Metric's lyrical concerns are increasingly philosophical, and the band grapples with big questions with earnestness.
  9. Jul 3, 2012
    70
    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
    70
    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
    70
    Synthetica affirms what fans have loved about Metric: If the formula isn't broken, don't fix it.
  14. Jun 13, 2012
    70
    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
    70
    Synthetica is something of a polemic, but Haines' moments of ambivalence are what make the record compelling.
  16. Jun 12, 2012
    70
    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
    70
    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
    65
    Even with the highlights, there remains a feeling of paralysis on Synthetica that's reflected in the uneven tracklist.
  20. Jun 15, 2012
    62
    This unbalanced album is both the most and least fun you'll have all year.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 56 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. May 18, 2014
    8
    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 songsI 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
    5
    Metric's 'electronic' album doesn't push the boundaries enough to be anything more than pop music. I was truly disappointed in this releaseMetric'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
    10
    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.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 »