Album review: Tegan and Sara fuse new pop style with former sound in 'Heartthrob'
Published: Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 22:01
Canadian folk-rock duo and sisters Tegan and Sara released their seventh studio album “Heartthrob” on Tuesday. The two have already built a strong following with their raw, edgy and insightful songs, yet have spent the past few years working tirelessly to perfect their evolution into pop musicians. “Heartthrob” is their second album in this new genre.
“Heartthrob” is a great fusion of the duo’s new style and former sound, and it is a smoother version of their debut pop album, “Sainthood,” with a dash of their original rawness as a folk-rock duo. The lyrics range from heartbreak to intimacy, yet the overall cohesion turns the album into an open book about the reminiscence of past loves.
Lead single “Closer” defines the metamorphosis of Tegan and Sara as a new modern pop duo, however it is not definitive of the album as a whole. The track is catchy, with lyrics such as “I want you close / I want you / I won’t treat you like you’re typical / Here come the dreams of you and me,” but are not enough to bring their artistry justice. To truly feel the message and charm of “Heartthrob,” you must dig deeper into the album. Songs like “I Was a Fool” grasp you with the soothing rasp of their harmonies set against electronic chords, which blend together into a calming ballad. Fans of the original folk-rock genre can also find comfort in songs such as “I’m Not Your Hero” and bonus track “I Run Empty” as they rely more on acoustic instruments with touches of digital effects.
The contrast of the new vocal tone with the familiar harmonies Tegan and Sara are known for makes this album refreshing yet hits home at the same time. This album is definitely worth a listen for any dance/alternative lover or Tegan and Sara fans who might have been disappointed with “Sainthood.”