There's an asterisk in the post because this isn't really my first listen to Tegan and Sara's spectacular new album Heartthrob - rather I've listened to this album roughly 20+ times since getting my advance in early November. I just didn't want to write a lot about it till it got a little closer to the release date (so in this case, 6 or so weeks before it releases at the end of January).
I won't get into too much detail on this album (I'm saving that for my review will may be posted at the end of this month; early January at the latest) but I just wanted to share a few thoughts. Everyone by now has heard the duo's first single "Closer" by now, and yes it is incredibly catchy and may be the catchiest song of 2013. But it is also the most optimistic song on the record. Let me reiterate: Heartthrob - lyrically at least - is nothing like "Closer." Move over The Con, this record is the twins darkest, most depressing record yet.
But the sadness and unhappiness is masked by Tegan and Sara's desire to go basically all keyboard/synth on Heartthrob. The record is incredibly catchy and there are very few guitar parts on it. "Goodbye, Goodbye" and "Drove Me Wild" are immediately infectious (believe me when I say you won't be able to get the line "You carry romance in the palm of your hand" out of your head for weeks after you hear the latter). "How Come You Don't Want Me" is heartbreaking - you can hear em breaking in Quin sisters vocals.
Overall, I believe Heartthrob is going to be a huge commercial success for Tegan and Sara but also a huge hit amongst the band's most diehard fans. I've been clamoring for an electronic-influenced record from Tegan and Sara since I first heard their voices on Tiesto's "Feel It In My Bones." Heartthrob is the perfect title - the theme of being so in love with someone, almost obsessively, and not having that love reciprocated is constant throughout. It's an infatuation, which is something fans will have once they hear this record.