Tegan and Sara’s new album is ‘Love You to Death’ and it’s generating much anticipation as it arrives three years after their much heralded breakthrough album ‘Heartthrob.’ Find out what the music critics have to say of the duo newest release. Here’s a roundup of reviews.
The Canadian twin sisters — Tegan Quinn and Sara Quinn — have long been celebrated mainstays of indie music, dating back to the late 1990s. It’s just been in the last few years that the rest of the world has been catching up with their breakthrough seventh album, ‘Heartthrob’ of 2013. They’ve begun reaching a mainstream audience while staying true to their artistic vision and uniqueness that’s won them such a loyal fan base.
It’s the ideal for any such music artists with such ambitions, to not have to compromise or dilute to achieve commercial success. And accolades have come their way, not least, an Oscar nomination for ‘Everything Is Awesome,’ their contribution to The Lego Movie soundtrack and their live performance before untold millions worldwide on the 2015 Oscars telecast.
Yet still, there’s been dispute among the fan base as to whether they have stayed true to vision or not. In a Rolling Stone documentary, they openly addressed this pressing topic, with Tegan saying, in part that their “mainstream success” had “created a vast valley” between their fans and themselves. Elaborating, she added, “As much as it might have made it seem like we were selling out, what we were really doing was stepping up and we were pushing our way in to a world that did not have anything representing us.”
It was just a few months ago that the duo announced their new album which sees them reunited with their ‘Heartthrob’ album producer, Greg Kurstin and all the more there’s been anticipation over what further explorations — both sonic and lyric — veteran fans and new fans alike might find.
The time for speculation is over as the album itself arrives. Here’s a roundup of what’s being said in the latest reviews.
“…..There’s a lot of great pop music out in the world. And there are a lot of finely observed, carefully written songs about the intricacies of adult relationships. There are not, however, a whole lot of great, carefully written pop songs about the intricacies of adult relationships. Love You To Death has 10 of them, and it has absolutely nothing else. And whether or not you were a fan of Tegan And Sara a decade ago, it’s worth celebrating…..” –Stereogum
“….All over their eighth album, the Quins continue to demonstrate what makes them such fine songwriters. Even as Love You to Death is the shiniest record the ladies have released yet (largely thanks to Sia/Adele co-conspirator Greg Kurstin), its lyrics are substantially rawer and dig further under the skin than ever before. Heartthrob painted an emotional spectrum with a broad brush (desire on “Closer,” abandonment on “I Was a Fool,” isolation on “Shock to Your System”), but the language on Love You to Death is tenderly nuanced. …..” — SPIN
“…. This time around, Tegan and Sara’s heart-on-sleeve songwriting finds them as much the heartbreakers as the heartbroken (“you were someone I loved, then you were no-one at all” goes a line on piano-driven ballad “100x” that cuts like a knife) – and with their relationship with each other, as much as their romantic relationships, in their sights……” — The Arts Desk
“….Intentionally so, the album avoids the gleeful, infectious authority of “Everything Is Awesome” and Tegan and Sara’s even-better 2012 hit “Closer,” but nonetheless it’s high-pedigree contemporary pop. And it’s another chance to connect with the 35-year-old identical twins who have been working diligently and intelligently for mass-market success…..” –Wall Street Journal
Critics are applauding this new album, there’s no doubt about it. And, as it arrives amidst a crowded release week — with the likes of Paul Simon’s ‘Stranger to Stranger’ and other notables — it remains to be seen if they’ll achieve a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200, but regardless, as with ‘Heartthrob,’ it’s more than likely the album finds its audience. You can see music videos, plus album cover art below!