Tegan and Sara – “Heartthrob” (2013)


Label : Sire/Warner

Review by Luisa Mercier

Tegan and Sara is a Canadian duo of twin sisters that play alternative, indie music. As far as I know previous records leaned more on the alternative rock side, but definetely this last records is more electro.-pop rock oriented and heavily influenced by synths and ’80s music. I have to say that some tracks clearly reminded me of mainstream pop (Britney Spears, Katy Perry), like for example “I Was a Fool” and the first single “Closer”.

Despite the electronica and the overall pop feeling in the musical part of the album, lyrically is much more intense since it deals withe the pain of not requited love, breakup and the general wild feeling you get when your lover messes with you.

Of course not all the tracks try to imitate bubblegum pop, “I’m Not Your Hero” opens with pumping bass and the rock is back again always mixed with electronica symbolizing the mix of love and reality. Summing it up, this album (at least arrangements wise) is a mixture of typical Tegan and Sara stuff and more accessible stuff, so it is recommended to everyone, really.

Rating – 70/100



  1. Closer
  2. Goodbye, Goodbye
  3. I Was A Fool
  4. I’m Not Your Hero
  5. Drove Me Wild
  6. How Come You Don’t Want Me
  7. I Couldn’t Be Your Friend
  8. Love They Say
  9. Now I’m All Messed Up
  10. Shock to Your System


Line Up

  • Tegan Quin – Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards
  • Sara Quin – Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards


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