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Classic Album Review: Tegan & Sara | If it Was You

The Calgary singer-songwriters make a quantum musical leap on their second album.

This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Say the words “Canadian twin-sister singer duo” and people get funny notions.

They think earthy melodies and Lilith Fair. Or maybe matching outfits and disco ditties. Thankfully, Tegan and Sara Quin don’t fit into either pigeonhole. At least, not any more. Though they did their fair share of Lilith dates following their folksy 2000 debut disc This Business of Art, their followup If it Was You finds these Calgarians ditching the acoustic guitars and folk songs for electronics and smart pop songcraft. Embracing the decadence of old pal Hawksley Workman, strapping it to the sugary pop-rock punch of Juliana Hatfield and adding a touch of the raw sensuality of PJ Harvey for good measure, Tegan and Sara come across with a sophomore album that’s practically a quantum leap from its predecessor and seems destined to be the start of big things for them. If I were you, I would just get over the whole sister thing and get this disc before everyone else beats you to it.