TE­GAN AND SARA Hearthrob Warner

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - LAU­REN MURPHY JIM CAR­ROLL

From acous­tic in­die rock to a guest slot on a Tiesto sin­gle, th­ese Cana­dian sib­lings have in­dulged ev­ery el­e­ment of their mu­si­cal DNA through­out their 18-year ca­reer. For their sev­enth al­bum, Te­gan and Sara are firmly stuck on synth-based in­diepop – and why not, when qual­ity pop pro­ducer Greg Kurstin (Pink, Kylie, Lily Allen) is in­volved? Good­bye, Good­bye and Drove Me Wild un­ex­pect­edly pay homage to Madonna, Gwen Ste­fani and Cyndi Lau­per, as lyri­cal pre­oc­cu­pa­tions with heart­break, lone­li­ness and re­jec­tion pro­vide a foil to their pol­ished, buoy­ant melodies. The com­par­a­tively sim­plis­tic Love They Say fresh­ens up the mix, but the emo­tion of the heav­ier songs are au­di­bly coun­ter­acted by the slick-yet-dis­tract­ing pro­duc­tion. There’s no ques­tion that a cer­tain charm has been lost in the process, too. teganand­sara.com FID­LAR

Fid­lar Wi­chita Fid­lar’s freak scene is a fa­mil­iar one – straight out of Cul­ver City, with a de­sire to neck cheap beer, skate their asses off and party un­til they drop. Fid­lar’s sloppy, messy, buzzy, in­tox­i­cat­ing surf­punk blitz is an­other kind of south­ern Cal­i­for­nia dream­ing. Go­ing on such short­hand, it’s no sur­prise that their de­but al­bum sees them ex­hibit­ing sim­i­lar mu­si­cal vim and gusto to such tu­mul­tuous old-school heroes as The Germs, The Mis­fits and even the ven­er­a­ble Black Flag. Yet for all the dumb fun they crank­ing out through­out, Fid­lar do stretch the tem­plate a lit­tle, and this is when things get really in­ter­est­ing. Cheap Beer’s mag­nif­i­cent happy hour glee may be the keeper for many, but it’s tracks such as Max Can’t Surf, No Waves and Pay­check that will really get you hum­ming. face­book.com/fid­larLA

Down­load: Cheap Beer, No Waves

Down­load: Good­bye Good­bye, I Couldn’t Be Your Friend

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