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Editors’ Notes

The Con finds each twin playing to her own distinctive strengths. For Tegan, that's emo-tinged punk songs like the yearning “Nineteen” and the swarming title track, but also sweet, coiled ballads like “Soil, Soil” and “Call It Off.” And for Sara, that's beautifully strange pop-leaning songs: the soft, ceremonial “I Was Married,” the deceptively sweet “Back In Your Head,” and the splintered lament “Like O, Like H.” The record's two sides are united by the twins' unique melodic sensibilities: Dark, and never obvious, but utterly magnetic nonetheless.

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totally unique experience

i drove up 2 target today (July 24) and bought this album and listened to it immediately. i havnt heard of them b4, but i heard that they had an album coming out today - so i checked them out. What i found was that - like most canadians - they are GREAT!! I WAS MARRIED (7/10) - alright, nice intro to the album, really short RELIEF NEXT TO ME (9/10) - really cool track, somber beautiful tone, best part is when they say "but i promise this..." THE CON (9.7/10) - such a strange and unique song, catchy if u hear it once or twice KNIFE GOING IN (8/10) - another short song, repetitive but still very good ARE YOU TEN YEARS AGO (9.5/10) - awesome beat, i cant help but feel this one BACK IN YOUR HEAD (10/10) - probably my favorite, such a great and catchy chorus HOP A PLANE (9.3/10) - why is it so short?? this is great, love when they repeat "your not mine" SOIL, SOIL (8.5/10) - beautiful and unique, really short BURN YOUR LIFE DOWN (9.3/10) - love the repetition on "burn", really cool track NINETEEN (8/10) - this one aint my favorite, the chorus is really held out and strange, but its still a wonderfully original song FLOORPLAN (9.4/10) - really nice beat, so cool and unique, great lyrics LIKE O, LIKE H (9.2/10) - sara's vocals totally shine, really cool sound, i wish she would break out and scream part of the chorus though DARK COME SOON (8.7/10) - nice staccato buildup, not a standout track, but a definite gem CALL IT OFF (9/10) - forgettable but such a wonderful chorus, itll build you up and wont disappoint

i am quite obsessed

when i bought this cd i didnt have any expectation for it to be as great as it is. i didnt doubt it, but i wouldve never thought it to be this amazing. i love almost every song, and i can listen to the cd for days. they have definately shown thier creative side the most on this album, and i think its bc sara wrote half of the songs. i really recommend getting the con dvd as well, to see the process of making the cd. chris walla is amazing. I Was Married 7/10- Great intro song, not my favorite but still great. About gay marriage which is really cool. Relief Next to Me 8/10- Great song, "but i promise this, i wont go my whole life..." makes the song great. nice bass from matt sharp. The Con 8/10- This sounds a lot like the stuff on So Jealous i think, except for the synth overload. I love it though, it really goes up and down a lot. Knife Going In 10/10- Sara is really an excelent song writer. I love the guitar in this song, and it has a really original sound. Are You Ten Years Ago 5/10- This song is okay. I like how its differnt from the other songs but it really reminds me of thier really old stuff that i didnt like. It has nice harmonys and voices over voices though. Back In Your Head 10/10- Great pop song, Sara Sara Sara! I love how its about being in love with someone but "straying" and being into other ppl at the same time, its so realistic. Hop A Place 9/10- Another great pop song, short and sweet. Right to the point. Soil Soil 10/10- I think this is my favorite that Tegan wrote, i think i can cry when i listen to it. Great harmony, its amazing. Burn Your Life Down 10/10- This song is perfect. I dont know what else to say. Nineteen 10/10- Nevermind what i said about the con, this song is sooo "So Jealous" sounding. I love the build ups and the lyrics. Prolly tied with soil soil on fav tegan song. Floorplan 7/10- Not my favorite, but really great guitars and lyrics. Like O, Like H 10/10- This song stuck out for me from the first listen, its so great. Sara really went out of her comfort zone i think writing about her childhood. I think its the best lyrics on the cd. Dark Come Soon 10/10- "so what i lied, i lie to me too" great lyrics. Call it Off 10/10- of course we end off with a acoustic song. beautiful as almost all acoustics are, these sisters really know how to harmonize.

the album of 2007

‘The Con’ is one of the best albums I have heard in my entire life. Very rarely do astounding lyrics, outstanding musical composition, and perfect vocals come together so masterfully in one work. The lyrics on this album are absolutely heartbreaking and will definitely resonate in you for a long time after you first hear them. There isn’t a single track on this record that isn’t overflowing with musical genius. My personal favorites include ‘The Con’, ‘Back In Your Head’, ‘Call It Off’ and ‘Hop a Plane’, but you seriously can’t go wrong with any of the 14 masterpieces on this album. This is without a doubt the best album of 2007 and will stand with Tegan and Sara’s 2004 work ‘So Jealous’ as one of the best records of this musical era, with these two sisters proving to be among the most talented and ingenious musicians around today. To anyone who wants to experience a phenomenal and life-changing piece of art- ‘The Con’ is def. the album you want to pick up.


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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  • $10.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music, Indie Rock, Rock, Adult Alternative
  • Released: Jul 24, 2007

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