album review | INDIE ROCK
The basic conceit of Metric frontwoman Emily Haines’s songwriting should not work. Melancholy and desolation don’t typically inspire you to dance as much as most Metric songs do. “Synthetica,” the Canadian rock band’s solid fifth album, affirms what fans have always suspected and loved about Metric: If the formula isn’t broken, don’t fix it. These new songs adhere closely to Metric’s penchant for indie rock that’s both anthemic and angular, which is a rare combination.