Synthetica

On the fifth album from this Canadian-American band, muscular rhythms tether spun-sugar synthesizers to Earth, while Emily Haines' vocals toe the line between vulnerability and world-weariness. The effect is of a lucid dream world – and then Lou Reed pops up on "Wanderlust," his craggy voice serving as a fine foil to all the New Wave shimmer.

Listen to 'Synthetica':

Related
Video: Metric Play Acoustic 'Youth Without Youth' at Rolling Stone

From The Archives Issue 1159: June 21, 2012
x