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Synthetica

MetricAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)

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S Y N T H E T I C A

In the early 2000’s when Rock Was Back and every band in the world seemed to be looking for a wormhole to a 1970’s garage, METRIC frontwoman Emily Haines was hauling around — gasp! — an analog synthesizer as the band worked their way up in New York City’s clubs.

In the late 2000’s, when many bands were being strangled by the ... Read more in Amazon's Metric Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 12, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: MOM & POP MUSIC
  • ASIN: B007TBCTFM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,951 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

2012 release, the fifth album from the Indie Electro Rock band. According to Metric's frontwoman Emily Haines, Synthetica is "about forcing yourself to confront what you see in the mirror when you finally stand still long enough to catch a reflection. Synthetica is about being able to identify the original in a long line of reproductions. It's about what is real vs what is artificial". Features 'Youth Without Youth' and 'The Wanderlust', a collaboration with Lou Reed.

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38 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool, Shiny, Glossy, and Catchy June 12, 2012
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2009's FANTASIES turned out to be pretty divise amongst long-time Metric fans. The album gained a much more electronic influence, leaving some of those who really loved OLD WORLD UNDERGROUND cold. Luckily for fans who prefer FANTASIES, Metric's new album SYNTHETICA is a continuation of the electronic indie-glam sound that the band has cultivated over the years. Metric's brand of shiny, glossy electro-rock still feels unique, and it works great with the pop conventions that the band use. The band's sound draws both from modern music, vintage 70's, and 80's new-wave, and outcome is a sound that is ultimately forward-thinking and also reverent of the past. The overall result is an album that is more consistent, and at times more enjoyable, than FANTASIES.

Drawing on themes from dependence on technology, paranoia, and isolation (the same ingredients of Radiohead's OK COMPUTER), this album works lyrically better than other Metric albums. Many of the Emily Haines lyrics evoke images of computer screens and confined spaces. The title track finds Haines protesting against an electronically-integrated life with the refrain "Hey! I'm not synthetica." These themes unite the album and make it more coherent and cogent than anything the band has released before.

SYNTHETICA begins with the band tinkering with their sound; "Artificial Nocturne," the album opener begins with a light, spacey aria before diving into a pulsing, electronic soundscape. The second-track and lead single "
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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful
By MRT
Format:Audio CD
I will admit that I was underwhelmed by the first single (Youth without Youth) off this album when it came out last month. It's a good track, but it didn't have much of Metric's sublime melodic writing in it. The rest of Synthetica is awesome, though, full of great songs. It is a great follow up to Fantasies, so if you liked that record, you will dig this one too. Breathing Underwater is a sweet track, feels like a sequel to Gimme Sympathy from Fantasies. Speed the Collapse is also the kind of track that stays with you for a long time. Is the album as good as Old World Underground? Probably not, but few albums are. If you are a fan of the melodic side of Metric (Sick Muse, Too Little Too Late, Hustle Rose...), don't let the first single put you off. This is a great record!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Album has Risen to the Top of the Replay List October 24, 2012
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I am fortunate to have jobs where I can listen to music at least 10 hours a day. For me, I will put on an album and listen to it over and over until I know every nuance. Luckily I have an office to myself or it would surely drive coworkers nuts.

I became aware of Metric from the Fantasies album that had a great mix of synthesizers, unforgettable guitar riffs, and a powerful female voice that cut through all the ambient buzz. It was a cool sound and unlike any other band I listened to. Emily Haines has a very unique and emotive voice where every note is bent to perfection. If you don't have it, check it out... Fantasies

The newer album, Synthetica, is a updated and cleaner sound for Metric. It has less atmospheric ambiance so the sounds are crisp, and exact... not the same echoey sonics that made the last album sound like it was recorded in an empty stadium. What you get is an album of hooky and almost danceable rock ( I mean the girls will dance to it... the guys may bounce).

To me it bridges the gap between modern rock and new wave. If you like Garbage albums from yesteryear, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs "It's Blitz" album and other beat driven, sythn-heavy music, you will probably like this too.

Check out "Breathing Underwater", "Synthetica" and "The Void" to get the flavor of the album. The rest of the songs are just as good. Try it...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emily didn't let me down September 4, 2012
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I have been waiting in anticipation for this album, and it was well worth it. It still has the characteristic witty, deep and sometimes confusing lyrics. It has songs that are great to rock out to, chill to, and get mindfked by. It's best listened to as an album but if you're going to pick a few my personal favorites are Synthetica (for something more upbeat), Clone (if you're going for something more chill), and Lost Kitten (I don't know how to describe it, it's just awesome and kind of makes me want to dance). I highly recommend it for fans of Metric!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars UH-Mazing Album! October 18, 2012
By Nicole
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I've been a huge fan of Metric for several years, so naturally I was psyched when I finally got a listen to the album on Spotify. I had to own this album because it was so good! So I downloaded it and have probably worn out the songs already, but I still love it! So many great songs, but my favorites are def 'Artificial Nocturne' and 'Youth Without Youth'. I love that Metric is sticking with their roots and not changing their sound too much. I love their music and hope they keep coming out with amazing albums like this!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely Worth It November 11, 2012
By kamor
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I bought this album about 4 months ago and I admit that I wasn't sure if I liked it that much. After I listend to it more--really paying attention to the lyrics and musical composition--I fell in love.
If you are hesisitant about buying the whole album, I would suggest to just do it..Synthetica will definitely grow on you.
My absolute favorite songs include, in no particular order:
Artificial Nocturne, Speed the Collapse, Breathing Underwater, Lost Kitten
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great album!
Published 4 days ago by Marshal Authenreith
4.0 out of 5 stars A new approach. They are going to go far ...
A new approach . They are going to go far !
Published 1 month ago by Lonnie Gibson
5.0 out of 5 stars New favorite band!
I cannot stop listening to Metric, both Synthetica and Fantasies. I picked up Emily's solo work after hearing Metric and it is more haunting, but less infectious. I love this band. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Michael G. Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars More great music from a great band
Really like Metric's sonic evolution over the years. Synthetica is in line with their earlier albums, a bit more of a pop sound, but still familiar territory. Worth checking out!
Published 1 month ago by Ben Schwantes
5.0 out of 5 stars Kitten No Longer Lost
Man after buying Fantasies I got this new cd right away and was really disappointed.
But after time and seeing them do this all live I absolutely am in love with this... Read more
Published 2 months ago by vaughn Michael Hanley
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite groups
I love the sound and this is in my car's favourite rotation. It means it will stay there with me at all times and I can sing along to it.
Published 4 months ago by Bushliewoo
1.0 out of 5 stars Deceived
This item was not the item that I thought I was buying. I was under the impression this was the entire deluxe edition of the CD.
Published 5 months ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite the switch
I love Metric's ability to change sound with each album. Synthetica is...well it's exactly what it sounds like...synthetic. A bright album with a lot of electronic undertones. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kasandra
5.0 out of 5 stars Metric just keeps getting better.
I will keep this short and simple. Metric has made many hits over the years and they are a self made success story. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ryan P Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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