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The album begins with the extremely catchy 'Time Running'. The drums in the beginning are a great opener, not only for the song, but for the CD as a whole. The vocals are drawn out and the lyrics are likeable and well-written (though definitely not the best on the album). The music is very upbeat and it makes the listener want to dance along in their seat. Though it's not my favourite, this is the song I find the hardest to get out of my head. 'You Went Away' starts out slowly with just quiet singing and an acoustic guitar before really picking up. When it does, it's another very uptempo song. The lyrics are empowering, stating "well I don't think we have to be like this forever/there's more to life than love and being together". The third track, 'Monday Monday Monday' is among the best off of 'If It Was You'. Lyrically, it's honest and sweet. The video for it is also pretty darn cool, in a weird sort of way that only artists as loveable as Tegan and Sara could get away with. The drums are pretty good on this track, but simple enough that they don't draw the listener's attention away from the vocals and the lyrics, which are the twins' strongest attribute.
'City Girl' is among my favourites from the album.Read more ›
One thing that sets Tegan and Sara apart is their unusual approach to collaboration. They work separately as songwriters, coming together with each other and the band only to record, perform and tour. It's surprising and interesting to learn that although the sisters sound as though they're harmonising on most of their album tracks, this is actually an illusion, created by multi-tracking. With rare exceptions, Tegan sings all the vocal tracks on her own songs, and so does Sara. On this album, Tegan's songs are Time Running, You Went Away, City Girl, I Hear Noises, Living Room, And Darling, and Don't Confess - while Sara's are Monday Monday Monday, Not Tonight, Underwater, Terrible Storm, and Want to Be Bad. Careful listening armed with this information reveals that the twins have entirely individual approaches to songwriting, with Tegan writing the more classically addictive hooks and personal lyrics, while Sara is the more abstract and unconventional of the two. Despite, or perhaps because of this, the album works brilliantly as a whole - or at least I find every song on the album to be enjoyable and engaging. Highly recommended, both to people who already own and enjoy 'So Jealous', and to those looking for an introduction to Tegan and Sara.
Recently, though, on a program called "Subterranean" on MTV2 I saw a kitschy video by the duo, and it clicked - this was that pair that went on tour w/Ben. ! And get this: It was a great song.
I d/loaded a few tracks and I loved them... Then, finally, I cracked and bought the album. This disc is great! These girls know how to write meaningful, melodic tunes and in an age where it's apparently not a big deal to get a pop think-tank to co-write for you, they actually manage to write it all themselves! Each girl lends her own unique perspective on the record, and after a few listens you'll begin to be able to tell the difference. For instance, if I'm not mistaken, Tegan sings the wonderfully quirky "I Hear Noises"(which is, in my opinion, the album's best track), while Sara contributes the second single, "Monday, Monday, Monday"(whose melodic refrain "Oh and I, I say damn your mood swings, damn your mood swings" will haunt your head for weeks.) It adds up to an lush dichotomy of sounds and keeps things interesting.
In stark contrast to their first "official" release, the girls head in a more rock/pop oriented direction, and it makes for brilliant results. I don't foresee this album being Tegan and Sara's huge break in the US, but I hope that I'm wrong, because this is undoubtedly one of the most solid albums I've heard in a long, long time.
Best tracks: I Hear Noises, And Darling, Monday, Monday, Monday, You Went Away, and Not Tonight.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautiful music and lyrics, such a shame they don't perform many songs from this album live anymore.Published 14 months ago by Tayler
you can tell buy this release Tegan and Sara was just now getting into a groovePublished 14 months ago by Michael Bruce
This is a great CD. Tegan & Sara are the queens of pop. Thank you.Published 16 months ago by Machine
Tegan and Sara are the best, I wish I was friends with them, but I am not sure that both of them would like me then things would get weird when we didn't get along.Published on April 2, 2014 by Ruth H.
If you're looking for catchy, girly pop music, this is what you want. Well-written and not too cheesy, but perfect little love songs.Published on November 6, 2013 by krans
Less grungy than their previous albums but still has that dash of quality of an album produced in that era. The softer and poppier songs make this album stand outPublished on August 15, 2013 by Queersilver
What I love about this record is that it has some really raw, powerful vocals. There's a song where Tegan screams once. Read morePublished on July 29, 2013 by Shay
I love this band to death. I have had issues trying to find this cd and i was overjoyed when i found this. It was in great condition with no scratches.Published on June 1, 2013 by Casondra
My wife and I were listening to some Tegan and Sara and decided we wanted to go on a T&S binge! So we bought 'Sainthood', 'This Business of Art', 'If It Was You', 'The Con', and... Read morePublished on March 30, 2013 by Gabriel Grey