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Drew Beringer 10/26/09 09:50 PM

Tegan and Sara - Sainthood
 
Tegan and SaraSainthood
Release Date: October 27, 2009
Record Label: Sire/Vapor


“I practiced on my sainthood/I gave to one and all/But the rumours of my virtue/They moved her not at all”

The lyrics from Leonard Cohen’s 1976 song, “Came So Far For Beauty,” work as the inspiration behind Sainthood, the sixth studio album from twin sisters Tegan and Sara Quin. For the last ten years, the Canadian musicians have worn their hearts on their sleeves with their music. Starting out as the little folk duo that could, the sisters have matured into one of the finest indie rock bands today. They’ve beautifully grown into their song writing and Sainthood is a testament to that, as it is the finest work of their career.

Yes, the theme of the album still revolves around relationships, but Sainthood features the best lyrics the sisters have ever written. Continuing the trend set on 2007’s The Con, Tegan and Sara’s lyrics go deeper than the typical relationship drama. The struggle, grief, and bitterness bleed and breathe throughout the album. In one instance, Tegan wants to make a relationship work, only to realize it’s futile on the aptly titled, Cure-tinged “The Cure.” Immediately after, Tegan closes herself off to every one on the punk-flavored “Northshore.” The lyrics throughout Sainthood convey many emotions. Frankly, the conversations here are just more adult. Over the eerie, electronic vibe of “Night Watch,” Sara admits, "I need distance from your body / I deserve this anguish on my house." You’d never hear a line like this even five years ago from this band, displaying the lyrical strides Tegan and Sara have made.

But let’s not overlook the music now. Sainthood is Tegan and Sara flexing their muscles. From the stuttering synth and bass patterns on opener “Arrow” to the piano-pop groove of “Alligator,” the compositions from the Quin’s have never been better. Each track sounds confident. First single “Hell” is a guitar-driven rocker right out of Alkaline Trio’s playbook, while “Don’t Rush” features a gritty bass line from Death Cab For Cutie's (and album producer) Chris Walla. A consistent highlight of Sainthood is the prevalence of keys, whether they are in the form of synthesizer or piano, as they really flesh out a good portion of the songs.

The Quin sisters have a knack for closing out their albums strongly, and Sainthood is no different. “Sentimental Tune” is a delicious pop number that is brought to climax with just the right amount of strings, while the vibrant “Someday” displays that internal struggle that the Quin sisters always seem to face. It sums up the message of Sainthood quite nicely; themes of self-assurance, fear, denial, and confidence all exude from the final track, as well as throughout the album.

With Sainthood, Tegan and Sara have proven that they’ve perfected the three-minute-and-under indie pop song while having the lyrical depth to give each track substance. Sainthood delivers a wide variety of moods, tempos, and vibes throughout its thirteen tracks, and it excels in all four phases of the game – lyrics, musicianship, vocals, and production – thus making it one of the essential records to own in 2009. Tegan sings on “Someday” that she “Might write something I might want to say to you someday, might do something I'd be proud of someday. Mark my words, I might be something someday.” With Sainthood, that someday is now.

8.5/10

Additional InformationTrack Listing:
1. Arrow
2. Don’t Rush
3. Hell
4. On Directing
5. Red Belt
6. The Cure
7. Northshore
8. Night Watch
9. Alligator
10. Paperback Head
11. The Ocean
12. Sentimental Tune
13. Someday
Produced by: Chris Walla & Tegan and Sara

Official Website; Official Myspace; Official AP.net Profile


Drew Beringer 10/26/09 09:50 PM

98% certain this will be my 2009 AOTY.

Argentine 10/26/09 09:55 PM

I'm excited and pumped for this album. I pre-ordered this off iTunes...
AND I NEVER DO THAT.
Great review.

:-) 10/26/09 09:55 PM

Holy fucking shit, 10 for reviewer tilt?
Whoa.
Quote:

Originally Posted by lalaKR@dr1cx (Post 56316011)
I'm excited and pumped for this album. I pre-ordered this off iTunes...
AND I NEVER DO THAT.
Great review.

What's wrong with doing it?

mrnegativezero 10/26/09 10:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Drew Beringer (Post 56315731)
98% certain this will be my 2009 AOTY.

Man, I knew it was good off of the stream. But AOTY? I think I'll have to buy it and give it a few spins to see if I can agree.

Romancebled 10/26/09 10:10 PM

great review. this album is so damn good. in my top 10 of 2009 for sure.

brenByah 10/26/09 10:11 PM

Have to give this more spins before I rank it, but at this point I still love the Con more. No Tegan and Sara song can stand up to "Nineteen" to me.

Argentine 10/26/09 10:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by :-) (Post 56316052)
Holy fucking shit, 10 for reviewer tilt?
Whoa. What's wrong with doing it?


I just download illegally, that's all. Nothing wrong with it.

WakingTheMisery 10/26/09 10:17 PM

Negativity right here.

TachyonEvan 10/26/09 10:18 PM

This has a solid chance at being my AOTY. Two of my favorite artists, period.

Burn_Burn_Burn 10/26/09 10:21 PM

gotta give this a listen.

brenByah 10/26/09 10:21 PM

Easily my favorite twin sister guitar duo from Canada, hands down.

HometownHero 10/26/09 10:31 PM

Review seems more then a little biased

bladerdude360 10/26/09 10:34 PM

I'm really excited to listen to this, Tegan and Sara has definitely grown on me over the past few years.

Whalejaw 10/26/09 10:34 PM

I've been listening to this nonstop. Great album, I think it does surpass The Con.

Drew Beringer 10/26/09 10:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kidchino08 (Post 56317762)
Review seems more then a little biased

all reviews are biased.

March_Faster!! 10/26/09 10:45 PM

I thought it was a pretty solid album too. Nice review.

Javs 10/26/09 10:45 PM

Love this album. These girls are phenomenal. Definitely AOTY next to Metrics - Fantasies.

HometownHero 10/26/09 10:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Drew Beringer (Post 56318452)
all reviews are biased.

True but I think only to a certain extent

TachyonEvan 10/26/09 10:49 PM

What's your favorite song on the album?

InBetweenAisles 10/26/09 10:53 PM

Really good review. I enjoyed reading it. I listened to this album so many times. Definitely going to pick it up. Really good CD.

kemichels 10/26/09 11:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by WakingTheMisery (Post 56317132)
Negativity right here.

you don't like?

mick2late 10/26/09 11:04 PM

This album is absolutely incredible, and it just keeps getting better with every listen. I have spun this countless times now and every time I start it over, I find something new to fall in love with. I did not think anything would beat out The Dangerous Summer for my top album of 2009 but this record is really blowing my mind.

tragedyco 10/26/09 11:08 PM

stoked.

Auals 10/26/09 11:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mick2late (Post 56319601)
This album is absolutely incredible, and it just keeps getting better with every listen. I have spun this countless times now and every time I start it over, I find something new to fall in love with. I did not think anything would beat out The Dangerous Summer for my top album of 2009 but this record is really blowing my mind.

I have The Dangerous Summer album. It gets a fair bit of play, but it's not album of the year material. I'm seriously getting sick of hearing how much everyone here thinks it's their new god.

This album is great. I still need to listen to it a few more times.

brenByah 10/26/09 11:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Auals (Post 56319801)
I have The Dangerous Summer album. It gets a fair bit of play, but it's not album of the year material. I'm seriously getting sick of hearing how much everyone here thinks it's their new god.

This album is great. I still need to listen to it a few more times.

what's it matter if they love a record you just think is just okay :shrug:

I can't wait to actually hear this in cd quality tomorrow.

mick2late 10/26/09 11:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Auals (Post 56319801)
I have The Dangerous Summer album. It gets a fair bit of play, but it's not album of the year material. I'm seriously getting sick of hearing how much everyone here thinks it's their new god.

This album is great. I still need to listen to it a few more times.

I never said it is my new God or anything like that, but, to me, it is an incredibly excellent album. It has also had an incredibly personal connection with me, as well, which is really what music is all about. The music I listen to and enjoy is the music I can connect with on a personal level, no ifs, ands, or buts about it.

Spenny 10/26/09 11:15 PM

Amazing review, and I agree completely.
Initially it didn't hit me as hard as The Con did, but as time has passed I realized that this is truly their best work.

I think Northshore, Hell and On Directing are the standouts on first listen, but as I listened more I really started to dig pretty much every song on the album. Solid all the way through.

Broden Terry 10/26/09 11:15 PM

If I listen before the end of the year, it'll definitely be a top five candidate.

Spenny 10/26/09 11:16 PM

And I'm sick of people losing their shit over The Dangerous Summer. It's decent at best, forgettable at worst.

Thedalylife 10/26/09 11:22 PM

This is definitely going to make an appearance in my top albums of '09. I know i'm in the minority that doesn't have The Con as their favorite Tegan and Sara album, and i thought that this record would continue the trend and make me long for the earlier sounds of So Jealous And If It Was You, but i was mistaken and Sainthood delivers on all fronts with Arrow and The Ocean being my two standouts.

Auals 10/26/09 11:25 PM

Sorry, that wasn't meant to be a go at you personally mick2late. It's just that the amount of people who talk about it as the best album of the year are missing something.

I have no issue with them liking an album. It's their opinion (unless it's short stack) but album of the year should take a genre further, or envelope an idea perfectly. And I can't get past how much TDS sounds like a Starting Line cover band. Don't get me wrong, the album's great. But it's not AOTY material.

0s0 10/26/09 11:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by :-) (Post 56316052)
Holy fucking shit, 10 for reviewer tilt?
Whoa. What's wrong with doing it?

Because sometimes it's just like, "Meh, I'll get around to listening to it sometime" or "I'll just download the leak."

bigmike 10/26/09 11:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kidchino08 (Post 56318602)
True but I think only to a certain extent

Uhhh, are you serious right now? Have you ever read a review? You're aware that reviews are all opinion based and, therefore, 100% biased?

Unreasonable 10/26/09 11:39 PM

I'm going to have to go and get this tomo... "better than The Con" ? That album grabbed me in the chest and wouldn't let go (could also have been the time I was going through then). Alas, I'm super excited for this now.

HopeInLove 10/26/09 11:45 PM

Maybe its just me, but I think The Con is a lot better of an album. That isn't saying this album isn't good, I have been listening to it almost exclusively for a few days. I think almost any song on The Con is better then the best songs on Sainthood.

HometownHero 10/26/09 11:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bigmike (Post 56320531)
Uhhh, are you serious right now? Have you ever read a review? You're aware that reviews are all opinion based and, therefore, 100% biased?

A guy picks up an album. It is of his favorite all time band. He reviews the album. Of course it comes out in the 90%-100% range. Now an impartial person picks up the same album never before hearing this band or even of them. Writes a review. It comes out 90% - 100%. Whose review is more accurate?

WakingTheMisery 10/26/09 11:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kemichels (Post 56319561)
you don't like?

I find it to be on the boring side. Just more of the same. The Con was okay, this is something I won't go back to.

bigmike 10/26/09 11:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kidchino08 (Post 56321022)
A guy picks up an album. It is of his favorite all time band. He reviews the album. Of course it comes out in the 90%-100% range. Now an impartial person picks up the same album never before hearing this band or even of them. Writes a review. It comes out 90% - 100%. Whose review is more accurate?

Neither because music is subjective. And Tegan and Sara isn't Drew's favorite band of all time. Awesome blanket statement that isn't correct.

HometownHero 10/26/09 11:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bigmike (Post 56321101)
Neither because music is subjective. And Tegan and Sara isn't Drew's favorite band of all time. Awesome blanket statement that isn't correct.

Did not say that. You assumed? That was just an example. Just a band that someone holds in high regard then. Likes alot.

bs7090 10/27/09 12:13 AM

not buying the hype on this. it leaves me bored. doesnt come close to the con for me.

bs7090 10/27/09 12:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by WakingTheMisery (Post 56321032)
I find it to be on the boring side. Just more of the same. The Con was okay, this is something I won't go back to.

this. The Con had some intense replay value that i wish this had.

bigmike 10/27/09 12:24 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kidchino08 (Post 56321151)
Did not say that. You assumed? That was just an example. Just a band that someone holds in high regard then. Likes alot.

I did assume you were meaning Drew in your example. However, your example is still false given that music reviews are 100% opinion and opinions are subjective. This isn't something tangible that can be proven write or wrong.

abusedcat 10/27/09 01:11 AM

I haven't listened to a bit of this record, not even the single.
My first experience will be tomorrow, after I swing by Best Buy after class.
Favorite band.

Takk...Ros 10/27/09 01:17 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kidchino08 (Post 56321151)
Did not say that. You assumed? That was just an example. Just a band that someone holds in high regard then. Likes alot.


I understand what you're saying, but isn't that what the reviewer tilt score is for? To let you know right off the bat how much a reviewer likes a band and you can therefore judge the review from that? (I could be wrong about that though. That's just what I've always assumed.)

dave_rowely 10/27/09 01:53 AM

Great review, It's defiantly up there with The Con!!!! AOTY!!!

EchoPark 10/27/09 04:13 AM

this is a laughable and biased shit of a review

As an album reviewer you have an obligation to your readers to correctly report on album without a slanted opinion. You could learn a thing or two from Chris Fallon

SteveLikesMusic 10/27/09 05:08 AM

This is a pretty great album, but a few tracks bore me and stop it from being more than a 7.5ish out of 10 for me

denissuxx 10/27/09 05:10 AM

woah

sezzle 10/27/09 05:44 AM

pretty sure chris walla played bass, not hunter this time. great review drew, it's a brilliant album and deserves 93% :)