Last Gang Records
By David Chiu
Sonically-speaking, the Canadian band’s latest record picks up where 2009’s breathtaking Fantasies left. Synthetica doesn’t disappoint with its driving electronic-influenced rock as in the case of “Speed the Collapse” and the title track; the new single, “Youth Without Youth,” definitely has the glitter rock -stomp with its unrelenting beat and pointed lyrics about the pessimistic state of young people. It’s also cool how the record after the first couple of tracks kind of throws a curve with “Lost Kitten” that has a girl-group kind of vibe; and another highlight is Lou Reed’s signature voice on the dreamy “The Wanderlust.” Yet with the sometimes dark overtones come uplifting-sounding tracks in “Dreams So Real” and “Nothing But Time.” If Fantasies hinted at the band’s mainstream appeal, then Synethtica solidifies their stab for the brass ring.