Synthetica

User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 59 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 59
  2. Negative: 3 out of 59
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  1. Jul 24, 2012
    6
    The latest, fifth album by Metric is not very different from the former style of playing that we get used to. The problem is that the disc which somehow combines indie rock and new wave is rather trite. The songs are simply boring - even the single "Youth Without Youth" all the time is based on a single bass recital, which by the standards of Metric is prosaic. Fortunately, over time theThe latest, fifth album by Metric is not very different from the former style of playing that we get used to. The problem is that the disc which somehow combines indie rock and new wave is rather trite. The songs are simply boring - even the single "Youth Without Youth" all the time is based on a single bass recital, which by the standards of Metric is prosaic. Fortunately, over time the band clearly turns up the tempo and vary music by interesting, different accents, thanks to whom much of the album presents a higher standards and disguises prior imperfections. Worth mentioning is perhaps the best "Breathing Underwater" and "The Void" with a strongly accentuated instrumental parts. Expand
  2. Jul 10, 2012
    6
    While "Synthetica" touts "I'm not Synthetica/I'll keep the life that I've got", sadly, Metric is really starting to feel just the opposite, lifeless and synthetic. While "Breathing Underwater", "Lost Kitten", and "The Void" are all respectable songs, the rest of Synthetica is dull and dry. Sorry Emily Hanes, but repeating the same verse over and over in a nasally singing voice seems aWhile "Synthetica" touts "I'm not Synthetica/I'll keep the life that I've got", sadly, Metric is really starting to feel just the opposite, lifeless and synthetic. While "Breathing Underwater", "Lost Kitten", and "The Void" are all respectable songs, the rest of Synthetica is dull and dry. Sorry Emily Hanes, but repeating the same verse over and over in a nasally singing voice seems a bit tired out by now. Expand
  3. Jun 9, 2016
    6
    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 only half the tracks are compelling. Download: Clone, Youth Without Youth, Dreams so Real
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. Q Magazine
    Oct 12, 2012
    60
    Synthetica's relentless efficiency feels a tad mechanical. [Jul 2012, p.107]
  2. 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.
  3. 60
    Throughout Synthetica, an undertow of dystopian unease drags the music away from standard pop territory into darker areas.