Heartthrob – Tegan & Sara (January 2013)


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To get to the bottom of this album’s surface, check the production credits to find one Greg Kurstin, who colored P!nk’s latest with distorted guitar buzzing underneath its electropop oomph, as on “Blow Me.” But Tegan & Sara are too quick for P!nk’s heavy approach; opener “Closer” is at least the best anticipation of lip locking since Carly Rae’s “This Kiss.”  That excitement embodies Heartthrob, which only slows its beating when T&S underutilize or fail to realize the power of their new aesthetic, which they command perfectly on the duo’s most striking moment since “Call It Off”: when finale “Shock to Your System” slashes “WHAT. YOU. ARE. IS. LONELY.” across your chest.  Heartthrob’s power and starry-eyed pop ambitions might make it the quintessential T&S experience, taking the leap that Sainthood called for.  Good on them for not settling after conquering a few hearts and instead aiming to conquer the universe.


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