Tegan and Sara (Quin) are a duo (and identical twins) from Canada that harkens back
to the age of the riot grrrrls.
They merged folk and punk spirit on This Business of Art (2000), although
the album ended with Superstar that had a broader non-folkish appeal.
If It Was You (2003) was hardly relevant. The twin's sexual orientation
(both lesbian) was the most repeated comment, a sign that the music was not
all that revolutionary.
The twins underwent a dramatic change of sound and personality on the
radio-friendly So Jealous (Vapor, 2004), boasting a slick
production a` la Cars and an overdone emphasis
on catchy refrains
(You Wouldn't Like Me,
Walking With a Ghost,
Fix You Up,
and especially Speak Slow),
and girlish harmonies
(I Won't Be Left,
Take Me Anywhere,
Where Does The Good Go)
occasionally evoking the Beatles at their most moronic (Fix You Up).
A rougher punk-ish edge surfaces in I Bet It Stung
The even more "electronic"
The Con (Vapor, 2007) proved their melodic skills with
bouncy and heavy ditties such as The Con and Not A Plane.
Relief Next To Me proves
how they can use the most innocent of instrumental pretexts to concoct
sophisticated narrative structures with a soaring refrain.
Are You Ten Years Ago proves their
atmospheric mastery of vocal delivery and counterpoint.
Hence soothing and soulful Burn Your Life Down and
Floorplan come natural, and in fact waste the potential of the girls.
The girlish melodrama of Knife Going In and Back in Your Head
rarely achieves the pathos of real depression (Nineteen).
Sainthood (2009) veered towards the dance-pop that was fashionable
during the 1980s revival of the 2000s (Alligator, On Directing).
The single Hell (2009) is a lively singalong, and The Cure is
a close second.
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