Pagans in Vegas
Label: Metric Music International
Always promiscuous with the drum machine, Metric take their fullest dive yet into synth pop. Pagans lacks the dark and cinematic sweep of 2012's Synthetica -- the high point of a quietly triumphant career -- but shares its reliance on synths shimmering over guitar crunches in power songs like "Celebrate" and "Cascades." And when the beats skitter away from the song, then double back to catch Emily Haines' tough, kittenish vocals, it's a little thrilling. More thrilling: Metric's gleaming rock stomp, resurfaced amid electronic chirps on "The Governess" and sashaying single "Too Bad, So Sad."