Tegan and Sara – Heartthrob

Time has flown and it seemed like just yesterday these twin sisters from Canada were young whippersnappers from Calgary trying to make their way in the music industry. Now it seems like I just blinked and they are grown women of thirty-two. Together they have carved quite a niche for themselves within the indie folk rock genre. Heartthrob is their seventh album and they are throwing the doors wide open and opting for an album filled with party music. Demonstrating that growing older does not mean that you become more docile, Tegan and Sara Quin have constructed an album filled up by songs with soaring choruses that would play well on the radio and synth-pop numbers. They have even used Greg Kurstin (as well as two other producers) who is the guy behind Ke$ha and Kelly Clarkson to produce the album. Some familiar with the girls’ body of work might be uttering “hunh?” right now, but if you think about it for a while it is not so strange. Choosing a more accessible sound will get their message out to even more people. The sisters really changed things up. So much so that they even wrote songs together for album whereas in the past they would write separately and then bring them to the other. All that complete control over every little thing they did has been relinquished a bit in the process of recording Heartthrob. They were obviously looking to create something different and were willing to go outside themselves to achieve that. A sign that they are much more comfortable with themselves and their talent. The lyrics are still oozing emotion and the process of working their way through these emotions. A very human experience we can all relate to.

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