Release Date: Sep 14, 2004
Record label: Sanctuary / Vapor
Genre(s): Indie, Rock, Folk
Let's get the labels out of the way. Tegan and Sara are 24-year-old lesbian twin sisters from Canada who have been making music for almost a decade. None of which says anything about their music, a kind of acoustic indie-pop icing delectable enough to make sweet the seething mass of insecurities and obsessions that lie beneath. You Wouldn't Like Me and So Jealous are just two of the self-loathing tracks, Speak Slow has a new-wave, Elvis Costello bite to it.
Tegan and Sara's third album, So Jealous, is by far their most ambitious and liveliest record, opening up their punk-folk sound with a heavy dose of new wave sensibility and pop hooks. They started moving in this direction on their previous album, but here they dive headfirst into slick, shiny surfaces, insistent synths, clean guitars, and bright, playful melodies that sound sunny even in minor keys. This musical revamp doesn't betray their nervy emotionalism.