Only in their early 20s but already veterans of Lilith and tours with like-minded artists Paula Cole and Juliana Hatfield, Tegan & Sara seem inordinately obsessed with fellow Canadian Alanis Morissette. With an Indigo Girl-like precise vocal attack, the sisters harmonize on 11 rhythmic, confrontational, acoustically based tunes that sound unnervingly similar. Filled with a spunky, passionate confidence, the duo plows through their derivative approach like they invented the genre of angry young women with acoustic guitars. Lyrics spurt out fast, furious and filled with pent-up, pissed-off ferocity.
Repeated plays reveal hidden gems, though. The modified reggae beat and shimmering guitar solo of "Come On" is an intriguing change-up. The opening spoken word attack, driving drums and galloping disco beat of "Superstar" closes the album with a bang. But the sisters' vocal mannerisms seldom waver from the mad Morissette model, giving the album a dogged, overly dramatic, repetitious quality that wears listeners down. They're poised, assured, defiant and Canadian. Just like Alanis. And Neil.
Tegan & Sara open for Neil Young at Chastain Park Amphitheater, Tues., August 22.
Killin it. So damn sexy
ooooohhhh, I'm so excited!! I can't wait to see them together!
come on man you know you got a bromance. you probably still rock that OutKast…