The fifth album for the Canadian group gets off to an interesting start, with vocalist Emily Haines explicitly stating, "I'm just as fucked up as they say" in the album opener "Artificial Nocturne." This sets the tone for what's to come, which is an intricate and thought-provoking collection of songs where Haines' lyrics range from world-weary to vulnerable and innocent. Accompanying Haines' philosophical vocals are melodies weaving between '80s vintage electronica, dreamlike soundscapes and heavier, industrial beats as heard on the radio hit "Youth Without Youth." Other standouts run from the title track, which delves into resisting the pressures of society, to the catchy beats of "Speed the Collapse," before closing on an uplifting note with the line "I've got nothing but time / So the future is mine." Overall, Synthetica is exactly what fans can expect from Metric, and is just as interesting to listen to for its instrumentation as it is for its lyrics.
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