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Track: ‘Youth Without Youth’ by Metric
Average grade: 7.5
Kenny: One of Canada’s greatest acts. This stomp-along is hopefully bettered on the forthcoming album as they’ve done better in the past but it’s still worth 8 out of 10 any day of the week.
Stephanie: I could not be happier that I’ll be treated to a new Metric album this year! ‘Youth Without Youth’ gives us a taster of what to expect and it blows my synthing socks off! It’s everything I would expect from a Metric single – trudging percussion and bass brought to life by Emily Haines forever perfect vocals teamed with sweeping space synth. The countdown to Synthetica begins! 9/10
Richard: Somewhat of a departure from what they’ve previously recorded Metric have provided us with a synthy glam stomper. Emily Haines will always bring the goods vocally, and this track is no exception to that rule. The song’s political message seems relevant, since things aren’t so much different today, as they were in the seventies. The Youth are in trouble, and grow weary quick.
I can’t honestly say that it stands up as a single, and on repeated listens ‘Youth Without Youth’ sounds more like a ropey Marilyn Manson cover then a track that will get you excited about the band’s prospects in 2012 5/10
Tom: Metric’s energetic electro-sleaze single aims to channel youth disaffection but, although they claim to have identified the zeitgeist, their lyrics about razor blades and fire-starting are straight out of the ’70s. Fun, but not as original either musically or thematically as it would like to think. Also notable for referencing Gary Glitter in the accompanying interview, which is a brave move. 7/10
Rob: This track’s stupidly catchy. Whether it’s due to the gritted-up glam feel that’s going on or that looping bass rhythm, ‘Youth Without Youth’ sets up camp in your head and refuses to leave. Emily Haine’s seductive vocals take the forefront of the track making it an ideal soundtrack for a sleazy strip-club movie scene. 8/10
Stef: I like the stomping, almost glammy start here. It’s got spunk. The same goes for the lyrics, which talks about children’s games that are, instead of innocent what they should be, mature and violent and Rebel-without-a-causy. Whatever the prose might be telling you, it is also a nice song with bravado. 8/10