METRIC

(CANADA)

FORMENTERA II

(2023)
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POP

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Electro
"The majority of the tracks on 'II', which could be considered as offcuts from the first 'Formentera', are not up to the standard Metric is used to offering."
TORPEDO (20.02.2024)  
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Metric had not accustomed us to releases so close together. It took the band between three and four years to come up with new material, but here we have the follow-up to 'Formentera', released a year later and soberly entitled 'II'. Whether it's a simple collection of tracks that didn't make the cut for the previous opus or a full-fledged album in its own right, the arrival of 'II' was not without its share of questions.

There's no doubt about it, this second volume lives up to its name and is a continuation of Metric's work of the previous year. There's that characteristic blend of pop and new wave, and the sensual vocals of the band's leader, Emily Haines. But continuity doesn't mean sameness, and this second volume differs in many ways from its predecessor. The overall dynamic has slowed considerably, with a majority of mid-tempo or even low-tempo tracks, alternating melancholy ballads ('Who Would You Be For Me', 'Nothing Is Perfect') and simple, stripped-down pop tracks ('Stone Window', 'Days Of Oblivion', 'Suckers') or haunting songs ('Go Ahead And Cry', 'Descendants'). The electro aspects seem to have taken over from the rest, a feeling reinforced by the almost exclusive use of synthetic drum sounds. Occasionally, the band even try their hand at solos, with mixed results (the solo on 'Stone Window' is a wheezing, and the one on 'Detour Up' is minimalist).

Let's be honest, while the songs aren't unpleasant, particularly 'Days Of Oblivion' and the bouncy 'Just The Once', they never really take off. Many of the tracks are short and yet feel long ('Detour Up', 'Descendants'), and most of them are sorely lacking in emotional power.

Metric seem to have covered up their tracks by hiding them under a layer of electronics to make them sound flashier than they really are. While die hard fans will be delighted to find their favourite band back so soon, others may see 'II' as the outtakes from 'Formentera', and above all as the first misstep from an excellent band who have accustomed us to so much better.
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TRACK LISTING:
01. Detour Up
02. Just the Once
03. Stone Window
04. Days of Oblivion
05. Who Would You Be for Me
06. Suckers
07. Nothing Is Perfect
08. Descendants
09. Go Ahead and Cry

LINEUP:
Emily Haines: Chant / Claviers
James Shaw: Guitares
Joshua Winstead: Basse
Joules Scott-key: Batterie
   
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