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  • Summary: The latest album for the twin singer-songwriters was produced with Chris Walla.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. It’s another inside-out move for Tegan & Sara; they’ve pulled apart self-doubt and found the self-regard that lines it.
  2. Tegan and Sara imagine love as a form of religion, complete with its own saints, sinners, and special netherworld VIP lounge reserved just for exes. It's a weighty idea, but any self-seriousness is saved by songs like the pulsing-synth herky-jerk 'Arrow.' [30 Oct 2009, p.57]
  3. Not many bands can maintain their core sound while changing enough to stay new, but Tegan and Sara have done just that. [Holiday 2009, p.79]
  4. The irreverent, snide wit and easy self-deprecation prove to be an effective, if surprising, fit for Tegan and Sara's brand of genial indie-pop, elevating Sainthood beyond mere snappy diversion.
  5. Their sixth record reminds me quite a bit of that Metric album that came out last spring. You could put this reaction down to Sainthood’s understated, idiosyncratic electronic elements, or to the whole Canadian elevated-indie-pop thing.
  6. It's the contrast between their writing styles and voices, slight as they may be, that works to make Sainthood another rich and rewarding album.
  7. 60
    Sometimes it's grating - "The Ocean" could be a Belinda Carlisle album track - but the supremely catchy likes of first single "Hell" deserves daytime radio ubiquity. [Jan 2010, p. 131]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. JoshL.
    Oct 27, 2009
    10
    Love this album. So catchy.
  2. KatieP.
    Oct 27, 2009
    10
    Great music by a great band.