So Jealous - Tegan and Sara

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. So Jealous is the most satisfying album Tegan and Sara have yet made.
  2. It's hard to sound as sweet as Tegan & Sara and not come across as precious. But somehow this duo does it, and the result is fantastic.
  3. The key to 'So Jealous' is that it's a mall-prancing hit jukebox but with, y'know proper non-bubblegum pop sensibilities.
  4. The twin sisters fully embrace new-wave synths and fuzzy rock rave-ups... while their reedy voices trace the cork-screw path of relationships good and bad. [17 Sep 2004, p.81]
  5. 76
    Hook after hook after string of '60s jukebox melodies. [#12, p.104]
  6. So Jealous has a broad appeal, nicely connecting the dots between Avril Lavigne and Joan Jett, but shouldn't be slighted by the latter's fans for it's immediacy.
  7. The subject matter eventually becomes a bit emotionally monochromatic, despite the broader sonic palette and the duo's fresh approach to mining such ancient territory. [3 Oct 2004]
  8. While this is definitely a likeable album, and an extremely contagious pop effort at that, it's a hard one to get attached to.
  9. 70
    Their candour is as refreshing as it is revealing. [May 2005, p.108]
  10. Spiky, occasionally over sugary. [14 May 2005, p.67]
  11. Their songs fuse Ashlee Simpson mall-punk with the retro 80s fetish of former tourmate Ryan Adams' recent high-profile stinker.
  12. An album that is revolutionary in its identity politics if not entirely authentic in its sound.
  13. An instantly loveable collection of sky-punching, new wave pop glory. [May 2005, p.117]
  14. It's definitely a departure from their earlier albums -- or, more precisely, an evolution -- but in no way did they drop the ball. Instead, they may now be playing a different game.
  15. The streamlined zoom and precision of So Jealous makes their previous work seem tentative by comparison.
  16. The brittle harmonies make So Jealous a little tough to warm up to, but combined with the thick-handled melodies and punchy arrangements, Tegan And Sara's look-at-us swagger generates drama.
  17. Vocally weaving and ducking, they drag up memories of Voice of the Beehive, or a Siamese version of Susannah Hoffs from the Bangles. What stops them becoming an annoying pop hydra is their unadorned directness and sharp pop hooks.
  18. If Tegan and Sara were looking to release something which sounds like so much of the girl based rock, which can be found on TRL and on the radio waves, then they could most likely consider So Jealous a wild success.
  19. 40
    Only the urgent title song stands out amid nursery-rhyme emotions. [Jun 2005, p.110]
  20. A relatively inconsequential bit of buzzing, chipper rock songs that mainly proves how adorable they are together. [#7]

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