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Tegan and Sara: HeartthrobHeartthrob (2013)
Reviewer Rating: 3.5
Contributed by: BryneBryne
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Tegan and Sara wrote an unabashedly mainstream pop record in Heartthrob. Their indie rock and punk roots, which remained present over the years even as the duo’s music became more accessible, have completely left the picture. (For those scoring at home, the best amalgamation of T+S’ underground roots and pop tendencies was 2007’s The Con. It’s also their best album overall.) The question is: Will anyone care? Will their passionate fanbase, large by most measurements but smaller by a mainstream barometer, follow them down this path, or will they exit, feeling alienated by this new direction? Will new fans, music consumers who get their tunes from the radio, television commercials and the like, welcome them with open arms? What’s the endgame here?
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