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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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  • Audio CD (June 12, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: MOM & POP MUSIC
  • ASIN: B007TBCTFM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,390 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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40 of 50 people found the following review helpful By T. A. Daniel on 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 on June 12, 2012
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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 By Candlstik on 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 By Nicole on October 18, 2012
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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 By kamor on November 11, 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gary Goodnow on November 24, 2012
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I'm a huge Metric fan and this album is perhaps better than the last one. Aside from "Youth Without Youth", which seems to get a lot of air time, the rest of the songs are awesome, including my favorite "Breathing Underwater"! At the present, I don't believe there is another band like Metric - a breath of fresh air in an otherwise fairly homogenized music world. Buy it - you'll love it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. H. on November 12, 2012
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I have not yet regretted listening to a single song by Metric. I love this album, Fantasies, Old World Underground, and Live It Out, which is my least favorite. If you like any of their other work, you should give it a chance because I'll bet you enjoy it especially if you liked Fantasies. I read a comment on Metric once that you can't listen to just one of their songs, and I completely agree.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ian Gann on August 13, 2012
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This is an amazing cd. The detail in the crafting of each song and the way that they all fit together as a whole is very impressive. in my opinion (and I know this may be sacrilage to many long term hard core metric fans) is that this really is their best record yet. I guess that is a matter of taste. It is certainly their most professional and complex record yet, in my opinion.
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