It’s no secret that I’m nuts about Tegan & Sara. The sisters’ 2004 release, So Jealous, was one of my favorite albums of the year. The record’s retro-tinged pop stylings were so sticky that I literally left the CD in my car stereo for months.
So it was not without a certain set of expectations that I patiently awaited the release of The Con. Much like Veruca Salt’s Louise Post and Nina Gordon, Tegan and Sara each penned their own songs and then came together to record them. On the boards this time around was Chris Walla of Death Cab for Cutie fame and though I am neither a dedicated DCFC fan or Walla neophyte, there is clearly a different coloring to The Con than previous Tegan & Sara recordings. Walla also plays on many of the songs, joining an impressive lineup of musical friends including Kaki King and Matt Sharp (The Rentals, Weezer).
The Con does not disappoint. Oh boy, does it ever not disappoint. There is a masterful mix of sugary pop and tense, left-of-center songs all the way through the tracklist. The poppy title track leads into the edgier, fractured “Knife Going In” and “Are You Ten Years Ago,” then bouncing back into the completely infectious “Back In Your Head” and “Hop a Plane.” “Nineteen” and the soothing album-closer “Call It Off” are personal faves of mine.
There is really only one thing wrong with this album. Okay, it’s not really about the music but it must still be mentioned — girls, I beg you: lose the weird mullets. ;)
- Video for “Back In Your Head”:
- Watch video diaries on YouTube.