Tegan and Sara – Heartthrob (album): listen to the best bits


Hello again to another installment of “Tegan and Sara are amazing: a Demonstration”. If you follow me on Twitter you will know that all I seem to do every day is listen to “Heartthrob”, their new album, and that’s a hundred percent accurate. It’s a very good album and it is currently #3 on Billboard, their biggest entry ever. Also the album is out in the UK this week, so if you’re a legal person you can be looking forward to purchasing it on iTunes. Anyway, I normally write long reviews about albums that I like in this blog, but this time I wrote it at WhatCulture, which you can read by clicking here.

So because of that, what I’m going to do is choose what I think are the best bits from each song so you can listen to them and maybe it’ll make you give the album a chance if you haven’t already.

1. Closer

What really makes it for me is the way the keys work like a staircase building up the tension for when the chorus starts.

[audio https://thejukepop.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/01-closer.mp3]

2. Goodbye, Goodbye

I think the secret of this pre-chorus is the way Tegan and Sara harmonize together along with the progressive built up of the backing track.

[audio https://thejukepop.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/02-goodbye-goodbye.mp3]

3. I Was A Fool

The chorus on this song is brilliant and I think it is the “fooooo-ooo-oool” bits what makes it so.

[audio https://thejukepop.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/03-i-was-a-fool.mp3]

4. I’m Not Your Hero

In similar fashion to “I Was A Fool”, the best bits of this track are the “ooh ooh oohs” that go on as the chorus is being sung. That, and the main lyric “I’m not your hero but that doesn’t mean that I wasn’t brave”. 

[audio https://thejukepop.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/04-im-not-your-hero.mp3]

5. Drove Me Wild

Just check that background synth and those drums.

[audio https://thejukepop.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/05-drove-me-wild.mp3]

6. How Come You Don’t Want Me

What I like about this bit is that it adds some variation to the overall rhythm of the song, like a power boost.

[audio https://thejukepop.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/06-how-come-you-dont-want-me.mp3]

7. I Couldn’t Be Your Friend

Like I’m Not Your Hero, it is the “ooh, ooh, oohs” what make this song great. That, and the drums on the chorus.

[audio https://thejukepop.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/07-i-couldnt-be-your-friend.mp3]

8. Love They Say

This track sounds a bit like a late 90’s/early 2000’s song, but this particular bit is a bit Pure Shores -esque.

[audio https://thejukepop.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/08-love-they-say.mp3]

9. Now I’m All Messed Up

The last chorus is adds some “please stay” ad-libs to the main line (“go, go, go if you want, I can’t stop you”) that turns an already quite sad chorus into a heartbreaking one. Nothing translates that sort of inner conflict into a song as good as this one.

[audio https://thejukepop.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/09-now-im-all-messed-up.mp3]

10. Shock To Your System

I think it’s the instrumental what makes this song stand out, but there are no definite bits within the song that stand out, so here’s a random sampler of it.

[audio https://thejukepop.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/10-shock-to-your-system.mp3]

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