The Con - Tegan and Sara
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  • Summary: The Canadian twins' latest album features members of Death Cab for Cutie and AFI.
Score distribution:
  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. ElleM.
    Aug 16, 2007
    This album show amazing progression from their previous, is insightful, heart wrenching, and fun.
  2. rebecca
    Jul 30, 2007
    heartache and passion. cleverness and insight. this album is a musical layering of intense sound and melody.
  3. EmD
    Aug 6, 2007
    Simply an amazing album. T+S create a nostalgically beautiful landscape with their sweet harmonies and heavenly riffs. ps. anyone notice that the majority of people who don;t like this album happen to be straight boys. (well i'm guessing that their straight) go listen to something lame like that new smashing pumpkins album. AND yes this album got higher ratings than White Stripes and Prince, because it is a better album!! Alhtough I do like the White Stripes, their latest effort was recorded in 3 weeks and the album sounds like it - very messy and ear splitting. and Prince is just some creepy jesus freak now... Collapse
  4. AlekT
    Aug 4, 2007
    It's a catchy, poppy little thing, and over before you know it, but it's also endearing and totally sincere. It belies its own complexity, but you can hear it; The Con just doesn't wear thin. Its kind of silly to say that they're coasting on buzz, and outright offensive to relate the critical praise to their sexuality. This album succeeds for one reason, and one reason only: it's just great music. Expand
  5. LukasK.
    Jan 9, 2008
    Pitchfork said it's NOT tampon rock.
  6. 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 Expand
  7. James
    Oct 2, 2007
    Awful music. I agree with Pitchfork this is crap tampon rock with turds for lyrics.

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