Tegan and Sarah--If It Was You
With 'If It Was You', Tegan and Sarah have made an album of love and loss with punk sensibilities peeking up from behind their acoustic guitars. This is a record that's intimate--voices not quite polished, simple strumming--and you feel like you've been hanging out in the duo's basement and just chanced upon them picking up their instruments.
Tegan and Sarah's sophomore release for Universal--following the success of 'This Business of Art and a few years opening for the likes of Neil Young, Rufus Wainwright and the Pretenders--the album is difficult to categorize.
The main focus is their pair of acoustic six-strings, though electric guitars, bass and drums flesh out some of the songs. There is even a brief flash of banjo and slide guitar on the bluegrass-tinged "Living Room".
Their voices harmonize sweetly one moment and verge on breaking into screams the next. However, lyrically, these women are all spills and uncertainty. "I'm a car crash/And every morning it's a cleanup" they sing on "Underwater". The fact that the words don't move much beyond analyzing a relationship can be a bit grating. Still, the awkward positions and aching described in the lyrics are universal.
This is a disc to play when you're feeling contemplative, hanging out on a rainy afternoon. Listening to another's introspection can inspire some of your own."