Sainthood - Tegan and Sara
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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. This is a set of power pop with hooky choruses and chiming harmonies to go along with splashes of synths mixed in for throwback '80s flavor (especially 'Red Belt'). It makes for a 40-minute blast of smart songcraft.
  4. 80
    Tegan and Sara's music may no longer be the stuff of teens, but its strength remains in how much it feels like two people talking.
  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. Overall, Sainthood is heavier than previous efforts, both lyrically and musically, and old fans will probably appreciate what this pair has accomplished together. However, for a new listener, the album might come off as a somewhat hard swallow; the songs are often too produced, and may even lack some honest musicality at their core.

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