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. A collection of angsty, catchy pop that's also ideal for scoring the antics of young doctors in heat.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
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 »