Tegan and Sara‘s newest LP ‘Heartthrob’ (Warner Bros.) dropped today, and I’ve — somewhat unsurprisingly — fallen in love all over again with the sisters Quin. This short and sweet seventh studio release is comprised of ten fast paced pop tracks that make me want to simultaneously dance around my living room, give everyone a high five and drop and do twenty. And that’s saying a lot for January.
While certainly a departure from the band’s roster of indie rock based albums like So Jealous and Sainthood, Heartthrob’s upbeat,
The album opens with one of its greatest gems, ‘Closer’, which is a joint effort between Tegan and Sara and pop producer Greg Kurstin. ‘Closer’ is straightforwardly flirtatious (“All I think of lately / Is how to get you underneath me”) as well as complex and intricate — but most lovably, it’s a straight up dance track. For a band that has created a
Other tunes from this album to add to your winter 2013 playlist are ‘Now I’m All Messed Up’, which is an intimate, slow jam of a break up song to really sink your teeth into (“Now I’m all messed up, sick inside wondering where, where you’re leaving your make up”) and ’Goodbye, Goodbye’ (“Waste some time, I might wanna see the way you have changed”). Both of these earnestly examine the concept of love lost, but do so without making you want to sob in the shower (see: the band’s 2007 release The Con). As Sara Quin put it in the band’s recent interview with Jian Ghomeshi on Q, “we are always
One of the highlights of this album is ’I'm Not Your Hero’, which examines the way we are perceived, in and out of love. And with lines like “Sometimes it feels like the side that I’m on / Plays the toughest hand, holds the longest stand / Sometimes it feels like I’m all that they’ve got / It’s so hard to know I’m not what they want”, the twins remind us that they will continue to do what they do best: make their listeners feel less alone.