If It Was You [Bonus Track]

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Barnes & Noble - Lydia Vanderloo
Next to the teen-aged rants of chart-toppers such as Avril Lavigne and Michelle Branch, the spirited pop-rock tunes of twin sisters Tegan and Sara Quin boast an unexpected maturity. The Canadian duo debuted in 2000 with their punky-folk This Business of Art, which earned them a spot -- at the age of 19 -- on the Lilith Fair tour and opening slots for Neil Young and the Pretenders. But rather than repeat the Indigo Girls-meets-Ani DiFranco success of Art, Tegan and Sara -- now of legal drinking age -- plug in their guitars for the buzzing If It Was You, while honing their chirpy harmonies and sharp hooks. The results bear more in common with Liz Phair, Juliana ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Lydia Vanderloo
Next to the teen-aged rants of chart-toppers such as Avril Lavigne and Michelle Branch, the spirited pop-rock tunes of twin sisters Tegan and Sara Quin boast an unexpected maturity. The Canadian duo debuted in 2000 with their punky-folk This Business of Art, which earned them a spot -- at the age of 19 -- on the Lilith Fair tour and opening slots for Neil Young and the Pretenders. But rather than repeat the Indigo Girls-meets-Ani DiFranco success of Art, Tegan and Sara -- now of legal drinking age -- plug in their guitars for the buzzing If It Was You, while honing their chirpy harmonies and sharp hooks. The results bear more in common with Liz Phair, Juliana Hatfield, or early Sinéad O'Connor, as the twins' sweet vocals easily morph into commanding snarls. The time-honored subjects of love and relationships carry the gals through a dozen smart songs, such as "City Girl," on which they sing, over a bouncy beat, "You pack your bags/ You say, I love you but I cannot stay/ So I started smoking/ Thought the signals would scare your worries away." Several tunes mingle strummed acoustic and fuzzy electric guitars to energetic effect, as on the chiming "Under Water," one of a handful of songs that indulge new wave-era production flourishes -- think synth beds and jangly guitars -- courtesy of knob-twiddlers John Collins and Dave Carswell, who did such a splendid job on the New Pornographers' album, Mass Romantic. Armed with something to say, a way with words and harmonies, and boatloads of personality, Tegan and Sara deliver on the promise of their youth.
All Music Guide - Kurt Morris
Tegan and Sara's If It Was You can quickly be summed up by using a few terms from music land that everyone should be familiar with: Lilith Fair, Alanis Morissette, power pop, and hooks. Combine all the ideas and you have Tegan and Sara. There are acoustic moments on If It Was You; there are also full-on pop/ rock moments. The singing is the primary focus of the album, with both sisters carrying the weight of the vocal work. Going back to their punk roots seems to have helped, as many of the songs seem more raw than what one might expect from a formerly acoustic duo. It seems that success is almost guaranteed for an act such as this, seeing as they've played with Ryan Adams, Neil Young, and Rufus Wainwright, and also appeared on The Late Show With David Letterman. Not a bad offering that is sure to catch on -- as long as it can get noticed in that large bin of music labeled "lots of talent and commercial potential...we just need the right people to hear us." [The 2003 reissue of If It Was You on Sanctuary contains one bonus track "Come on Kids" and enhanced video footage of the songs "Monday, Monday, Monday" and "I Hear Noises."]
Billboard
If It Was You is a near pop-rock masterpiece.

If It Was You is a near pop-rock masterpiece.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/30/2007
  • Label: Sire / London/Rhino
  • UPC: 093624992639
  • Catalog Number: 292028
  • Sales rank: 67,374

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Time Running (2:08)
  2. 2 You Went Away (1:57)
  3. 3 Monday, Monday, Monday (3:15)
  4. 4 City Girl (3:59)
  5. 5 Not Tonight (2:34)
  6. 6 Underwater (2:47)
  7. 7 I Hear Noises (3:32)
  8. 8 Living Room (2:47)
  9. 9 Terrible Storm (3:25)
  10. 10 And Darling (This Breaks My Heart) (1:44)
  11. 11 Want to Be Bad (3:52)
  12. 12 Dont Confess (This Thing That Breaks My Heart) (4:32)
  13. 13 Come on Kids (5:24)
  14. 14 I Hear Noises/Monday, Monday, Monday (18:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tegan and Sara Primary Artist
David Carswell Multi Instruments
Michael Ledwidge Organ, Keyboards, Slide Guitar
John Collins Multi Instruments
Rob Chursinhoff Percussion, Drums
Ezra Cipes Banjo
Gabe Cipes Bass
Technical Credits
Steve Hall Mastering
David Carswell Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Sheldon Zaharko Engineer
Tegan and Sara Composer
Tegan Quin Engineer
John Collins Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Kaare Andrews Creative Consultant, Cover Photo, Original Idea
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Raspykitty07 new biggest fan

    coolest band i've in a long time. they have this punky girl rock sound to them.they dont sound like anything out right now and thats one of the reasons why they are so cool.If It Was You is a must have cd ,it will not let you down,go out and buy it

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  • Posted December 30, 2014

    classic 

    classic 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Boring

    They mixed punk music with folk music. It sounds really bad, the singing more than anything. Play the samples.

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