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Album Review

Twin sisters Tegan and Sara Quin are two singer/songwriters with impeccable acoustics, comfortable with exploring social frustrations without wallowing in despair. Their Vapor Records debut, This Business of Art, is simplistic, and the compositions are hollow and earthy. Tegan and Sara's vocals are gravelly like fellow folkie Ani DiFranco. They snarl on tracks like "Freedom" and "More for Me"; "Superstar," an excellent album standout, pounces with club/dance backdrops. Tegan and Sara are on the verge of their twenties and unconcerned with teen angst. They exude a well-crafted sound and savory lyrics for being so young. It's certainly refreshing in the face of bubbly Britneys.

Customer Reviews

A solid second album

This is the second release from Tegan and Sara. I believe it's their label debut. I've been progressing backwards through their carrier, starting out listening to The Con (2007), and progressing back through their albums up to this one. After hearing it, it almost seems that there is a melodical regression from this album to their next, If It was You, though the pop-style song writing is much more solid in the latter release. If you're a fan of The Con, I would recommend So Jealous and If It were You before this album. If you have never listened to Tegan and Sara before, I highly recommend their latest album, The Con. My favorite release.

To all you so called "fans"....

i hate these fake fans who say they love tegan and sara but they can't appreciate their old stuff. Yeah, sure The Con is a wonderful cd, i love it. But you can't really appreciate an artist until you have heard all of their old stuff. That's the thing about artists, they PROGRESS. They start out and they change, as more money and fame come their way they develop a better sound because they have more money to spend on the production of their cd. This Business Of Art is an amazing early release. They are amazing with simple guitars and their voices are real. I love "Superstar" and "Hype." So please, don't rip on this early album. I find it utterly amazing from such young and undiscovered (at the time) artists. Download it, Listen to it, Appreciate it. Because without this wonderful album you would not have your Tegan and Sara today.

Their Best Album

This is actually my favorite Tegan and Sara album. I think the lyrics are superb - ironic and meaningful, and the music is powerful, with songs building to overwhelming crescendos. The other reviewers are correct - this album is somewhat of a deviation from the other albums in that it sounds more raw and thus, in my opinion, more powerful. It is less pop and more like melodic poetry. I actually wish their more recent albums were more reminiscent of "This Business of Art", which I highly recommend, not just for those who like Tegan and Sara.


Formed: 1995 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

An award winning, internationally successful indie pop duo comprised of identical siblings Tegan and Sara Quin, Tegan and Sara first burst onto the Canadian music scene in 1998, when they earned the highest score in history at Calgary's "Garage Warz" competition; their quick rise didn't stop, for their melodic acoustics and charming stage personas led to a slew of dates with Sarah McLachlan's Lilith Fair that same year and a record deal with Neil Young's Vapor Records in April 2000. Natives of Calgary,...
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