Toronto’s Metric have been one of the steadiest, smartest, most rewarding indie pop bands of the past decade. This is a band that deserves to headline big buildings, continually build a larger following, and crush mainstream silliness. And then they go and
release their sixth record “Pagans in Vegas,” easily the worst thing they’ve ever done.
OK, so there are positive things out there written about this record. I do not concur. I have loved Metric for almost a decade now, and I can’t get over the lack of energy, mailed-in lyrics, and “let’s get a song into a Pepsi commercial” vibe of this record. This is a big dumb
record, evidenced by just-shoot-me tracks such as “The Shade” and the brainless “Too Bad, So Sad.”
You know it’s bad when the best tracks on the record are a dual instrumental suite at the end, and the preposterous production of Emily Haines’ voice is unforgivable. She’s heavily glossed and completely stripped of her personality. What happened here? Is this a joke? Please be a joke and give us the real Metric record. (Brian Krasman)