Tegan and Sara have hopped on the pop infused indie bandwagon, but for longtime fans, there is absolutely no reason to panic. We know, we know, they're not the type to take the easy way out. In fact, their latest album Heartthrob calls upon a moment of rejoicing, and a milestone for the kickass twins. With their breakout reaching back almost a decade ago, Tegan and Sara have taken a brave leap to justify themselves not just as the somber sisters of So Jealous or the intricate, weird crafters of The Con, but they can pull off the mood changers with synths and pop-infused riffs as well.
The album's first pre-released single, "Closer" hits a spot they've never reached before. They've found the medium between a club tune and that song you just can't wait to blast on a long drive. It's safe to say Tegan and Sara have mastered everything except an upbeat, anthem-sounding ballad until this point, and they aren't even dancing upon that thin line of sounding like just another pop song. The following track on Heartthrob stems back to their good ole' "leave me alone now/long, lost lover" roots. But "Goodbye Goodbye" fires back: not with their heart-string-tugging acoustics, but some fresh, funky synths. It feels like everything a song about hitting the road should be: empowering, upbeat, and positive.
The more mystical sounding material comes in with the intricate third track "I Was A Fool." From the echoing harmonic vocals to the piano breaks, the compilation, as a whole, is absolutely, well, beautiful. The lyrics are all too relatable - an honest confession of a doomed relationship. If the other songs are for dancing, this one should be saved for a night of wine with your closest posse, ladies.
Another track, "Drove Me Wild" is rewiring the sisters' approach of love songs: matching their passion with their newfound loudness. And we want them to be loud, because this vibrant track is showing us a glimpse of their future in authentic indie pop - a genre widely explored but rarely executed in such a successful way. "How Come You Don't Want Me" also explores this. Their speedy executions make you wonder why the hell it's taken them so long to provide us with this wave of striking sounds.
Perhaps "Love They Say" starts off with the most familiar Tegan and Sara tang, but it suddenly explodes into fleeting beats that trademark Heartthrob. "You dont need to wonder if love will make us stronger/ There's nothing love cant do/ Love, they say this/ You dont need to worry, this love will make us worthy," the sisters belt out in their most positive lyrics yet.
The last two tracks, "Now I'm All Messed Up" and "Shock to Your System" seem fitting for the end to go out with an explosion of unforgettable music. Especially the percussion on "Shock To Your System," which left us wondering just how long it took to mold it all together. The entire album is basically a shock. They've created a limitless, new world with a fearless tone of voice that will be sure to command a broader spectrum of fans. We owe some, serious props to the indie goddess sister duo. You ladies never cease to impress.
Watch Tegan and Sara's "Closer" music video: