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If It Was You

Tegan & SaraAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)

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It’s hard to have a long career in pop music. Just ask all the one-hit wonders and sophomore slumpers, all the sure things who turned out to be yesterday’s news. It’s hard to keep a band together, hard to hold the fans’ attention. And it’s really, really hard to keep writing good songs, record after record, year after year.

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  • Audio CD (October 30, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sire / London/Rhino
  • ASIN: B000UCEJDM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,001 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Time Running
2. You Went Away
3. Monday Monday Monday
4. City Girl
5. Not Tonight
6. Underwater
7. I Hear Noises
8. Living Room
9. Terrible Storm
10. And Darling
11. I Want To Be Bad
12. Don't Confess (This Thing That Breaks My Heart)

Editorial Reviews

2007 reissue of the critically and commercially successful Canadian duo's If It Was You album, originally released in 2002. Tegan And Sara are not your average singer-songwriter-guitarist identical twins. 2004's So Jealous was named one of Rolling Stone's 50 best albums of the year. They've played Coachella and Lollapalooza, and toured with The Killers, Hot Hot Heat and Neil Young. Their 'Walking With A Ghost' was covered by the White Stripes. They've performed on Late Night, The Late Show and The Late Late Show. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. They've always been great...it just took some time for everyone else to notice! 12 tracks.

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Album That Got Me Hooked February 23, 2005
By Katie
Format:Audio CD
This was the very first album I heard from Tegan and Sara, and I immediately fell in love with them. After hearing 'I Hear Noises' on a local music station, I was intrigued by the twins and bought the album a few weeks later. Needless to say, I was not disappointed. Soon after purchasing 'If It Was You', I rushed out a bought their first major label album; 'This Business of Art'. Then, in late 2004, their latest release, 'So Jealous', was released, and it has quickly become one of my favourite albums.

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.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Having discovered and become addicted to Tegan and Sara's 2004 album 'So Jealous' over the last few weeks, I bought this earlier album, not daring to hope it would be quite as delightful. How wrong I was! If anything, 'If It Was You' is even more original and exciting than 'So Jealous' - although it is more of a 'grower', so takes a few extra initial plays to become addictive. It is punkier, rockier, and more exuberant. I'm in love with this music! Tegan and Sara's sound is essentially fresh and original, and their incredibly catchy tunes, clever lyrics and superb musicianship demand frequent replays. I haven't been so enthralled for a long time.

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.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars suprisingly addictive album December 11, 2003
Format:Audio CD
tegan and sara have annoyed me. I thought I was completely over my girls w/ guitars and heart-felt lyrics stage of my life and expected not to like them at all. after having a friend play 'if i was you' and (the abyssmally titled) 'this business of art' nonstop for months, i became hooked. so unfair. regardless, these girls know how to write some killer hooks and pretty catchy rock songs with great lyrics. though some songs are better than others, the album makes me bounce shamelessly around my apartment, plus it comes w/ copies of their videos and tour footage (bonus). in general, i prefer their upbeat songs, but if you dig ballads, they have some decent ones on this album. though the only people i know who like them (besides me) are big ferrick and ani fans, I hear tegan and sara are quite popular in canada. and yeah, canada may make you think of flannel and celine dion, but its cooler than you think, with neil young, gay marriage and universal health care. and like their homeland, tegan and sara are cooler than I would have thought. go ahead, give 'em a listen (their website has clips you can listen to) and support some up and coming young musicians.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They caught me, hook, line, and sinker... June 8, 2003
Format:Audio CD
When I first heard of this band it was a couple of months ago when they were opening for Ben Folds. I never got to go to one of those concerts, so I quickly forgot about those names(Tegan and Sara, not Ben.)
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.
~Blake
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Get This too!
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 3 months ago by snow monkey
5.0 out of 5 stars Love T&S
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 8 months ago by krans
5.0 out of 5 stars Less grungy...
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 out
Published 11 months ago by Queersilver
5.0 out of 5 stars Raw
What I love about this record is that it has some really raw, powerful vocals. There's a song where Tegan screams once. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Shay
5.0 out of 5 stars Tegan and Sara
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 13 months ago by Casondra Ashbaugh
5.0 out of 5 stars Go on a T&S binge!
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 more
Published 15 months ago by Gabriel Grey
5.0 out of 5 stars Love <3
This CD is amazing! great great great! any Tegan and Sara fan must have this!! Great to sing along to!
Published 17 months ago by Amanda Straws
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE their music
Discovered Tegan and Sara on the Grey's Anatomy sound track. Loved them so much, I decided to try an entire CD. Love them even more. Unique quality to their combined voices. Read more
Published 17 months ago by S Stewart
4.0 out of 5 stars Tegan and Sara's "If It Was You" Review
It's always great to see how artists start out. Tegan and Sara reminded me of how simple chords and music can make a powerful impact.
Published 19 months ago by Matthew
5.0 out of 5 stars MY FAVORITE!!!!
This is the 3rd album I bought by Tegan and Sara and I was really nervous initially because it sounded compeletely different from "So Jealous" and "The Con" which I had purchased... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Genesis928
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