The Con [CD/DVD] [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
Although identical twin sisters Tegan and Sara Quin first appeared in the music scene in the late '90s playing the kind of folk-rock and folk-punk more associated with other Lilith Fair in which they participated artists of the time, by the time 2007 rolled around they had moved into much poppier territory. It was a progression, to be sure, from This Business of Art to their fourth Vapor full-length -- one that can be heard in the time spent on production, the louder guitars -- but that still may not prepare listeners for The Con. Produced by Death Cab for Cutie's Chris Walla, the album is full of quirky, Aqueduct-like keyboards, punchy bass from Weezer's Matt Sharp and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
Although identical twin sisters Tegan and Sara Quin first appeared in the music scene in the late '90s playing the kind of folk-rock and folk-punk more associated with other Lilith Fair in which they participated artists of the time, by the time 2007 rolled around they had moved into much poppier territory. It was a progression, to be sure, from This Business of Art to their fourth Vapor full-length -- one that can be heard in the time spent on production, the louder guitars -- but that still may not prepare listeners for The Con. Produced by Death Cab for Cutie's Chris Walla, the album is full of quirky, Aqueduct-like keyboards, punchy bass from Weezer's Matt Sharp and AFI's Hunter Burgan, and even some guitar help from Kaki King that stretch and shove their way into the spaces between Tegan and Sara's hook-driven melodies and clean harmonies, more complex than anything they've done before. Though each sister writes and sings lead on seven tracks, it is Sara especially who writes the more intricate pieces "Relief Next to Me," "Like O, Like H", showing a more adult songwriter, one who has matured since her first work came out, while Tegan draws more from simpler emo and pop-punk arrangements "Nineteen," "Hop a Plane", her songs more straightforward, both compositionally and lyrically, than her sister's. But this isn't to say that there's a kind of disparity or harsh contrast on The Con. Much like the duo's voices, which share a timbre, a clear relationship, even if their actual tonality differs, the songs on the album complement each other, play off the other's strengths, and make the record very much an entity, instead of simply a collection of tracks, setting it off as an impressive step forward in their already commendable discography. [The CD/DVD version of The Con comes with an hour-and-a-half-long "movie" about the making of the album, showing not only the process behind the recording but also the sisters' personalities and relationship with one another. While hearing the songs develop is interesting, it's the Quins' performance that makes the DVD worthwhile. They're pretty funny -- quick to insult the other and quick to laugh -- and this makes for an entertaining watch, even for the less-dedicated Tegan and Sara fans.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/24/2007
  • Label: Sire / London/Rhino
  • UPC: 093624994053
  • Catalog Number: 257532
  • Sales rank: 114,321

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Was Married (1:32)
  2. 2 Relief Next to Me (3:00)
  3. 3 The Con (3:29)
  4. 4 Knife Going In (2:09)
  5. 5 Are You Ten Years Ago (3:17)
  6. 6 Back in Your Head (3:00)
  7. 7 Hop a Plane (1:49)
  8. 8 Soil, Soil (1:22)
  9. 9 Burn Your Life Down (2:22)
  10. 10 Nineteen (2:56)
  11. 11 Floorplan (3:37)
  12. 12 Like O, Like H (2:39)
  13. 13 Dark Come Soon (3:07)
  14. 14 Call It Off (2:21)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Bonus Material
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tegan and Sara Primary Artist
Matt Sharp Bass
Chris Walla Organ, Bass, Guitar, Cymbals, Shaker
Kaki King Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar
Jason McGerr Percussion, Drums
Hunter Burgan Bass
Ted Gowans Organ, Guitar, Keyboards
Technical Credits
Roger Seibel Mastering
Chris Walla Producer, Engineer
Will Markwell Engineer
E.E. Storey Artwork
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Tegan and Sara

    I am absolutley in love with their voices. It's a rough, edgy sort of sound. Their blend is perfect. These two sisters have it going on!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Tegan and Sara are incredible.

    The lyrics are more mature than their previous CDS, the music changes from song to song and you can even relate to many of them. The album is darker than the previous ones but there are songs such as "Back In Your Head" with a pop beat that makes you want to dance. DEFINATELY WORTH YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolutely Amazing

    This is my favorite CD by them yet! The DVD is also verryy funny!! Tegan and Sara are definately talented musicans and it shows! The DVD is divided in 'video chapters' which are titled for the songs. I recommend this to everyone! The bonus features on the DVD are halarious!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Childish lyrics

    I thought the lyrics were childish. The guitar playing was all right though. Please listen to the music samples before you spend your hard earned money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Different In a Definate Good Way

    i've always loved the sounds of tegan and sara. they never fail to please and always throw the unexpected. i bought this album without hearing a sample, just knowing anything from them would be amazing. After listening for the first time through, i couldn't help but notice a more techno feel to the music itself, which was a pleasing surprise. Not too much shock to handle thanks to the amazing lyrics, vocals and harmonies i can always count on. This is a great album, i can't wait for what comes next!

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