Date: September 23rd, 2004
Author: Matthew Harrison
Headline: Tegan and Sara- Pure Pop Enjoyment, Without The Guilt
Moody indie twins Tegan and Sara double their success with new disc
Tegan and Sara like to repeat things, no surprise since they're twins. "Monday Monday Monday" off their highly successful If It Was You (2002) album got inside my head and stayed there for weeks. After a few listens of their third album, So Jealous, songs "I Know I Know I Know" and "Fix You Up", which repeats certain words throughout, are already making a home next to "Monday".
"When I sit down to write a song, I want to make a song that, half-way through, the chorus kicks in you want to hear it again," said Sara Quin, of Tegan and Sara, minutes after landing in L.A. where they're finishing up a West Coast tour before heading east. "I have so much to say but it's easy to focus on one thing and just repeat that. I swear, our next album will be the wordiest album yet," she added laughing.
Admittedly, So Jealous is their most pop-sounding album to date-but indie-pop.
"If people think that it sounds polished then that's great because we didn't have the budget to do that. If it sounds tight well, it's also because of the people we worked with: John Collins, David Carswell and Howard Redekopp (The New Pornographers). Anyone who knows their projects knows they like making indie music sound polished without losing the edge."
Underneath that shiny veneer on So Jealous is a not-so-pop reality. Sara had an identity crisis before mixing and the twins could only afford to record each song once whether it sounded good or not. Basically, So Jealous is angst and melancholy wrapped in a candy-coated shell.