Review: Love You to Death by Tegan and Sara

Love You to Death by Tegan and SaraIt’s interesting how Tegan and Sara managed to transition from indie pop gems to (more or less) mainstream pop stars without shocking so many people for so long. Sure, their last album, 2013’s Heartthrob, may have worried some fans a bit, but that turned out fine – the same irresistible pop tunes albeit wearing a different jacket, shiny but somehow better for it. Love You to Death sees the twins refine their take on their more mainstream direction, again without sounding like sell outs. Reuniting with producer Greg Kurstin, the record feels much more focused, much more confident, much more comfortable in its skin. It also shows in the lyrics: for once there’s a much more explicit reference to their sexuality in the songs. Oh, and yes, the songs are fun, bouncy without being frothy, all somehow remaining true to who they are – and perhaps more so than ever before. I don’t quite know how they pulled it off, but they have. [NB]4/5

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