The Con - Tegan and Sara

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. In general, the songs are indeed kept simple. The album is not absent of synths and effects, but it never relies on mere production alone. The excitement of The Con comes, instead of from loops and distortion, from earnest emotion and the versatile voices of the Quin sisters.
  2. A saddening case of brick production, paper soul--here the Quins are little more than twin airbags.
  3. The record's most interesting bits--a keen sense of melody--disappear too quickly and can't carry the album over its production bumps.
  4. The real credit, however, goes to the songwriting of the eponymous duo. This album was not "saved in the production," as it were. The Con is a document written in the half-frenzy of a clusterfuck.
  5. The songs on the album complement each other, play off the other's strengths, and make the record very much an entity, instead of simply a collection of tracks, setting it off as an impressive step forward in their already commendable discography.
  6. Better than anything they've done to date.
  7. Their keyboard-heavy, New Wave-ish music is also uncommonly catchy.
  8. Their vocals throughout the entire album are fantastic and they work together only like sisters could, even if they live across one of the largest countries in the world.
  9. 82
    The Con is a startlingly dark, yet characteristically vibrant offering, featuring a band that’s learned to harness the energy-highs, while tempering pretty (even pastoral) pop-folk with a new, deeply-affecting brand of melancholy.
  10. A collection of angsty, catchy pop that's also ideal for scoring the antics of young doctors in heat.
  11. The pared-down moments of The Con seem to long for the clusterfuckedness of the album’s meatier tracks, and for the most part, rightly so.
  12. Somehow The Con is even more obsessive sounding than Tegan and Sara’s earlier work, and it’s probably even better; it could well be one of the year’s best albums.
  13. The Con a welcome addition to summer playlists and to Tegan & Sara's promising catalog.
  14. The latest electro-folk offering from these Canadian twins is somehow cuter, catchier, and more heartache-y than their last disc.
  15. The Con skillfully packs its instant hooks in so tight, virtually every line becomes the one you want to sing along to--and the twins' lyrics aren't your typical pop pabulum.
  16. It's a dark, personal record that holds big promises for the future.
  17. The Con is a mostly mature collection of solid songs.
  18. Lyrical wallowing is almost a required element for this genre, and ultimately even The Con's failings work in its favor, providing a macro version of what the best Tegan And Sara songs do, by stumbling along recklessly, then falling together.
  19. The Con, despite its title, is honest music. [Summer 2007, p.77]
  20. 80
    The Con rockets beyond even their own high standards. [Mar 2008, p.103]
  21. 80
    Canada's Quin twins fairly blaze through The Con's 14 compact, supercharged tracks. [Oct 2007, p.109]
  22. 80
    They might sound like Girl Scouts, but these are tough cookies. [Aug 2007, p.117]
  23. Their fifth album is another step up the ladder. [Apr 2008, p.117]
  24. 80
    Thw Quin twins' new-wave pop hooks are stroonger than ever. [Aug 2007, p.109]
  25. The Con is undoubtedly as sweet as it is short.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 84 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 40
  2. Negative: 3 out of 40
  1. Mar 9, 2011
    Definitely soft on the ears. It's got great harmonies and the lyrics are something you can really relate too. The vocals are also wonderful. Many great tracks on this album like "The Con" and "Knife Going In". All In All, Great little harmonies and Tegan & Sara have great vocals. B Full Review »
  2. Oct 21, 2010
    Tegan and Sara are amazing. Each song is so well done and unique. Tegan writes and sings the more popular catchy tracks and Sara writes more abstract and different. Together they balance each other perfectly and not to mention their voices meld brilliantly. A fantastic album. Full Review »
  3. Sep 30, 2010
    Definitely their best work, by far. The songs Relief Next to Me, The Con, Call It Off, Back in Your Head, Floorplan, Knife Going In, etc., are all refreshing, original creations coming from within a genre ("indie rock") that is virtually all just hot air. This album completely defies the typically-pedestrian conventions of the indie rock world, and makes you wonder why more artists in the modern era are not this creative. Full Review »