TEGAN AND SARA Love You to Death
Canadian sister act Tegan and Sara dabble in the ‘80s once again on their second album with super producer Greg Kurstin. It’s a continuation of 2013’s breakthrough set Heartthrob. There are still hints of their folk-rock indie past, however. In their rockier moments Tegan and Sara bear a resemblance to American female-fronted group Paramore ( Faint of
Heart a case in point). Opener That Girl laments the ravages of an unhealthy relationship, as they harmonise: “When did I fall so far? Barely recognise me”. Stop Desire is a pumping dancefloor number, while the keyboard on U-Turn could be from an ’80s new-wave act such as Ultravox or Yazoo. Dying to Know is delivered with a hip-hop rhythm, and the siblings’ hitherto unexplored sexuality gets an airing on Boyfriend: “Kiss me like your boyfriend/But I don’t wanna be your secret any more”. Piano breakup ballad 100x is a teen tearjerker: “I swear I tried to leave you/At least 100 times a day”.