The Con - Tegan and Sara
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  • Summary: The Canadian twins' latest album features members of Death Cab for Cutie and AFI.
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  1. Positive: 24 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. 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.
  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. It's a dark, personal record that holds big promises for the future.
  4. The Con a welcome addition to summer playlists and to Tegan & Sara's promising catalog.
  5. 80
    Canada's Quin twins fairly blaze through The Con's 14 compact, supercharged tracks. [Oct 2007, p.109]
  6. Their keyboard-heavy, New Wave-ish music is also uncommonly catchy.
  7. A saddening case of brick production, paper soul--here the Quins are little more than twin airbags.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 40
  2. Negative: 3 out of 40
  1. Oct 21, 2010
    10
    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. Expand
  2. Sep 30, 2010
    9
    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. Expand
  3. Mar 9, 2011
    7
    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 Expand

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