‘Synthetica’ (Metric Music International)
If we were guessing, we’d say Metric listened to a lot of 80s records while making their fifth album. ‘Synthetica’ starts in cinematic stadium rock territory with ‘Article Nocturn’, though that takes a neat turn towards motorik paradise before the chainsaw synth of ‘Youth Without You’ swerves in like a souped-up Depeche Mode. The dreamy ‘Clone’ has a touch of the Cocteau Twins about it, while the title track’s polished riffs are pure powerpop. Only occasional moments – the lame guitar lick on ‘Breathing Under Water’ being one – sound outdated, proving that when it’s done well, a little nostalgia doesn’t hurt.