Album Review: Tegan and Sara’s ‘Heartthrob’

I first heard Tegan and Sara sing one day while shopping at a shoe store in Kings Plaza Mall. “Feel it in My Bones” came on, and I immediately dug my phone out of my purse to Shazam it. The girls teamed up with Tiesto for the Dance number. I feel in love with the song instantly.

However, I didn’t bother to do any research on the girls since the song was under Tiesto’s name. Come Friday night I find out that they’ve just released a new album on January 29th, and they’ve released seven other albums since 2004. Excuse me for a moment, but I have some music I’ve got to catch up on!

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Tegan and Sara are 30 year old twins from Vancouver, Canada. They began playing the piano at age eight, exposing them to a world of music. They’ve collaborated with various artists, including Tiesto and Margaret Cho. Spotify labels them as a folk-rock duo, but their new album Heartthrob has an 80s feel to it. What I like about these girls is that they don’t beat around the bush with their lyrics—they sing it like it is, and that gives them spunk. Here’s a bit about the track listing:

1. “Closer”: Track number one is the album’s first single. The song is very dance-pop sounding, and the way they sing the word “closer” is sure to turn you on. The song is about turning an innocent love into something physical. The video for “Closer” features the twins at a house party with friends having a blast. Be prepared to see some serious makeout sessions and indoor camping scenes!

2. “Goodbye”: Track two is my absolute favorite off of the album. The lyrics of this song are so profound. The chorus goes,

You never really knew me, never ever
Never ever saw me, saw me like they did
You never really loved me, never really
Never really loved me, loved me like they did

Talk about a serious breakup! The girls sing this song with perfect harmony, adding to the melancholy of the lyrics.

3. “I Was a Fool”: This song is more of a ballad. It talks about being a fool for love. Who hasn’t? Many of us can relate to the feelings that this song brings, the sitting by the phone, staring at his Facebook profile page, waiting for him to call or message you. That feeling of hoping that it’ll last when deep down inside you know its over.

4. “I’m Not Your Hero”: On this track the girls sing about men who have had high expectations of them in a relationship. They leave the constant reminder that they aren’t heroines, but they’re definitely strong, brave women that cannot be taken advantage.

5. “Drove Me Wild”: The title says it all! Who doesn’t love a song about how a significant other makes them feel? No one? Thought so! The first few lines of the song are so sweet,

When I think of you I think of your skin, golden brown from the sun
Your arms outstretched, your hair cut shorter than it’d been
But still blowing in the wind

Whoever this song is about, he must be very special. Tegan and Sara paint the picture of a person so intriguing that it seems as though just watching them walk is the best thing since sliced bread!

6. “How Come You Don’t Want Me”: This song mulls over the painful realizations of a significant other losing interest. Tegan and Sara ask the million dollar question: “How come you don’t want me now?” Sometimes, the saddest part is that they don’t even have an answer.

7. “I Couldn’t Be Your Friend”: You know that one person that you see as more than a friend, but they don’t see you the same? Sometimes its kind of difficult to stay friends with that person afterwards. That’s exactly what this song is about. Even if you try again, you just can’t be friends.

8. “Love They Say”: This is my second favorite off the album. It oozes sappy romance, and I love it! The twins sing about how love is said to fix everything. The line “there’s nothing love can’t do” resonates with the listener long after the song is over.

9. “Now I’m All Messed Up”: Messed up indeed! This song touches on the subjects of one-night-stands, leading someone on, and mixed signals. Definitely one of those songs you would see in a movie scene where the girl is curled up on the couch crying while eating all the chocolate she could find at the corner store.

10. “Shock to Your System”: Last but not least, this track is about realizing one’s solitude. It’s like a shock to the system that “knocks your heart right out of sync”. Pretty deep, I’d say.

I hope these song descriptions made you curious about Heartthrob. Tegan and Sara do a great job of sticking to the theme of “heartthrob”. Some of these songs should definitely be added to your break up song playlist. So head over to iTunes and download the album!
What’s your favorite track off Heartthrob?
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