Let me just take a moment to state this fact: as of right now, Saturday, March 23, 2013, Heartthrob is the best album of the year. It’s 80s, it’s rock, it’s electronic, it’s indie, it’s pop. It’s (mostly) produced by Greg Kurstin and it’s perfect.
I know we’ve got plenty of time for other musical geniuses to pump records out but Tegan and Sara have set such an incredibly high benchmark that it’s unlikely anything will compare. (Or imagine this: perhaps everyone realizes what’s expected and we are blessed with a dozen amazingly perfect albums. I doubt it.)
Please note: I am not some crazed veteran Tegan and Sara fan. In fact, I practically despised the duo until this moment.
Now, onto the songs. I love just about this entire dang album, with the exception of maybe one song. I won’t tell you what that song is, but I will tell you that these are my four favorites. I’ve also provided you with 30-second snippets of my favorite bits for your listening pleasure.
I’m Not Your Hero
Why it’s perfect: The production is by far the most solid. There’s a really great mixture of bass, synth, haunting 80s howling guitars, background vocals, and drums. Also, a few spots have this little “game boy”-ish beeping sound. Those moments are gold. In the snippet you get the very end of the middle-eight, said “game boy” beep, and the beginning of the final chorus (which features the chilling guitar howls).
Favorite lyric: “Sometimes it feels like I’m all that they’ve got, it’s so hard to know I’m not what they want”. Ain’t that the truth.
I Couldn’t Be Your Friend
Why it’s perfect: It sounds like a Dragonette song. It’s hard to get that from the snippet I’ve posted, but if you listen to the entire song (mainly the intro and first verse) you will get it. It’s a little unbelievable how much they sound like Martina in this song, also. Damn Canadians. The snippet features the end of the final chorus followed by the flawless outro. Close your eyes and enjoy the pitched “oh-oh-oh-oh” and guitar finale. Amazing.
Favorite lyric: “Now you wanna say I was a criminal, stole you away, that sounds so fictional.”
I Was A Fool
Why it’s perfect: Because. Because there’s nothing not perfect about it. There’s an perfect piano hook, a perfect beat, a perfect chorus. Need I go on? While the entire album has a very 80s sound to it, I think it’s most obvious (and well showcased) here. What’s in the snippet: An amazing echoed bridge followed by a bit of the final chorus. You can hear that famous Greg Kurstin howling guitar in here song also.
Favorite lyric: “But stand still is all we did, love like ours is never fixed.”
Why it’s perfect: It’s the most radio-friendly song Tegan andSara song to date. It’s also the best song to catch the attention of anyone who wasn’t previously a T&S fan (myself). Probably the reason it was the lead single for Heartthrob. Also, there is a fantastic level of synths. Beep boop. Once again in the snippet, we’ve got some of the final chorus and subsequent outro.
Favorite lyric: “Here comes the rush before we touch … Here comes the spark before the dark.”