By Maria Perry |Staff Writer|
Tegan and Sara, who have been in the music scene for 13 years, has just released their seventh album Heartthrob on Jan. 29.
Heartthrob includes 10 tracks as well as a Deluxe edition that contains two bonus tracks: “Guilty as Charged” and “I Run Empty.”
Although Tegan and Sara are known for combining Indie and Pop music together, they have deviated to more of a pop style of music with Heatthrob.
The songs reflect the many lessons people learn in love, such as rejection, heartbreak and acceptance.
From the nervous girl with a crush in “Closer,” to the girl who gave her lover a wake-up call in “Shock to Your System,” listeners will find that they can relate to each track in some way.
Most people have experienced the occasional significant other in their life who has led them on or ended in a disappointing break-up.
One of the many characteristics that made their pop style original is that it deviates from the “Taylor Swift” version of love and break-ups in that it didn’t solely relate to significant others in the past or present.
They also put an emphasis on platonic love or the love between friends.
A good example of this is in “I Couldn’t be Your Friend,” which describes an abusive friendship from the point of view of the abusive friend.
“I’m Not Your Hero” explains how we don’t have to save everyone but that doesn’t mean we don’t care, stating “I’m not their hero / But that doesn’t mean that I wasn’t brave/I never walked the party line / Doesn’t mean that I was never afraid.”
Having listened to one of their songs in the past, this album contrasted greatly to the music they made in the song, “This is Everything,” which was slow-paced with a spoken-word style.
Since they have become more electronic, the two sisters have started to create a rhythm together, which grabs the attention of the listener and keeps them wanting more.
They have also released music about love and acceptance, which reminds us that there is more than one kind of love, especially in our rushed and hectic society that puts a lot of stress on being in a relationship.
“Love they Say” expresses how powerful and healing love is, stating, “You don’t need to wonder/If love will make us stronger/There’s nothing love can’t do.”
Since the lyrics are subjective, they leave room for the listeners to interpret them as how they see it from their perspective rather than seeing it from just the artist’s perspective.
Not only do they express the importance of love in their music, they also explains how it hurts. “Now I’m all Messed Up,” “How Come you Don’t Want Me,” “I Was a Fool” and “I Run Empty” are just a few songs that deal with heartbreak.
The love portrayed in these songs are more based on emotions and feelings experienced with close intimacy and relationships, rather than just the physical aspect of it.
The album demonstrates how love can be shown in words and actions, even if it means just being there for a friend.