Release Date: Nov 15, 2011
Record label: Vapor
Genre(s): Folk, Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Alternative Folk
The kind of people who would buy a Tegan and Sara DVD are probably already unswayable in their opinion that they are going to like it. Seriously, it could be two hours of the twins shopping for lightbulbs, and it would be devoured and screen-capped by women, girls and hopelessly, tragically infatuated men spanning six different continents. That said, I can honestly say that Get Along, which features two mini documentaries, a full-length concert performance and a CD containing an audio rip of the show, is, objectively, quite good.
Tegan & Sara have spent the past 13-plus years writing and performing their brand of earnest guitar pop to what has grown to become a pretty sizeable fan base. However, the twin sisters, who have done time opening for Neil Young and release music on a major label, have managed to maintain the type of cult following that’s generally garnered by a band half their size. This can mostly be attributed to their hearts-on-their-sleeves lyrics and the personal relationship they continue to engage in with fans, including designing much of their own merchandise and making sure every tour and show is special.
Recorded amidst family, friends, and fans, Get Along isn’t the first live set offered up to listeners by the sisterly Canadian crooners Tegan and Sara, but when paired with its deluxe edition DVD, it’s certainly their most ornate. The single live disc, comprised of 15 favorites like “Alligator,” “Call It Off,” “Monday Monday Monday,” and “Sentimental Tune,” finds the duo waltzing through its 15-year career with the kind of ease and amiable confidence that can only come from longtime friends who also happen to be siblings. The DVD features three short films, including States by Danny O'Malley, which chronicles the sisters' origins; the appropriately named India by Elinor Svodoba, which follows Tegan and Sara on their first ever tour of India; and For the Most Part by Salazar, which offers up an an intimate 70-minute performance shot over the span of two days at the Warehouse Studios in Vancouver, British Columbia.
At this point, more than 15 years into a career, audiences know what to expect out of Tegan and Sara. Their first live album and their seventh studio album, Get Along is unlikely to change one’s opinion about the Canadian twins, but for fans of the group, Get Along’s collection of acoustic songs is a worthwhile purchase. Being a live album, Get Along brings nothing new to the table, but it’s shows an interesting perspective of the Quin sisters.