Metric: Synthetica

Last updated 13:21 26/07/2012

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This Canadian quartet have honed and fattened their blend of rock and new wave synthpop for nearly a decade, and their fifth album shows how a big sound suits their hit-a-groove-and-go-big-with-it approach.

Emily Haines’ vocals – sometimes aching, sometimes sinister – mean Garbage comparisons are inevitable, but inaccurate.

Metric have a more atmospheric touch and better hooks, best illustrated by the impudent groove of Artificial Nocturne and Youth Without Youth and the Britpop-ish widescreen dramas Speed the Collapse, Breathing Underwater and Nothing But Time.

The cutesy Lost Kitten and the moody Clone show Haines’ versatility, but guest star Lou Reed sounds out of place in The Wanderlust – and they take the self-reflection theme to extremes with lyrics printed backwards.

Best tracks: Speed the Collapse, Clone

  • Reviews by Nick Ward; CDs for review from Everyman, Nelson

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