TE­GAN AND SARA Love You to Death

The Courier-Mail - QWeekend - - MUSIC - JOHN O’BRIEN

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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”.

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