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  • Audio CD (Feb. 22 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Special Edition
  • Label: Sire-Wbr
  • ASIN: B000RO9PY6
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,148 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Was Married
2. Relief Next To Me
3. The Con
4. Like O, LIke H
5. Are You Ten Years Ago
6. Back In Your Head
7. Hop A Plane
8. Soil, Soil
9. Burn Your Life Down
10. Nineteen
11. Floorplan
12. Like O, Like H
13. Dark Come Soon
14. Call It Off

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It's hard to follow up the record that made you famous. For many artists, that's their first album, and the disappointing results are termed the "sophomore slump." Luckily, Tegan and Sara's star-making Juno-nominated album, So Jealous, was their fourth--and their fifth album, The Con, not only avoids any kind of slump but sets a new bar of quality quite high. While both a darker and quirkier album than the near-perfect heartbreak pop of So Jealous, The Con skillfully packs its instant hooks in so tight, virtually every line becomes the one you want to sing along to--and the twins' lyrics aren't your typical pop pabulum. Layer upon layer of tasty ear candy coat considered sentiments like "Nobody likes to but I really like to cry," "I felt you in my legs before I ever met you," and "Maybe I would have been something you'd be good at"--lyrics that feel honest and add an emotional urgency and depth rarely heard on the radio. However, the biggest leap Tegan and Sara made on this record was not the lyrical content, but how the album itself was created. The switch to coproducing with indie superstar Christopher Walla (Decemberists, Death Cab for Cutie) is apparent, and part of what gives this record its distinctive and innovative touch. From the odd structure of "I Was Married" to the thumping electronica of "Are You Ten Years Ago," The Con reverberates with unabashed creativity, and it's a rare pleasure to hear it done so well. I would be surprised if another band this year made a better record--it's really that good. A special bonus for fans: don't shy away from this deluxe edition--it includes a DVD with a feature-length intimate documentary on the making of the album, offering a lot of insight into their creative process. --Alan Wiley

Album Description

With The Con, singer-songwriter guitarist identical twins Tegan And Sara Quin build on their breakthrough success of 2004's So Jealous one of Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums Of The Year and Juno-nominated for Best Alternative Album. Eighteen months of touring followed, including shows with The Killers. At the same time, their track Walking With A Ghost was ubiquitous, and was covered by The White Stripes. The Con, co-produced by Death Cab For Cutie's Chris Walla, marks the most mature effort to date in the rising career of Tegan And Sara. The Special Edition features a DVD that includes a chapter for every track on the record basically a b-side to the song, exploring the creative process. Both configurations are packaged in a walletpak.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on July 9 2007
Format: Audio CD
The world of pop could use a lot more pop like Tegan and Sara's, and less posturing on MTV with a computerized voice.

And the identical twins show even greater variety in their fifth full-length album, three years after the Juno-nominated "So Jealous." In "The Con," they basically polish their existing guitar pop, but fill the sprightly melodies with confusing experiences and sorrowful romances.

It opens with a delicate piano ballad, framing a pretty, poignant song about the confusion and struggles of gay people. "To my heart confusion rose against/the muscles fought so long/to control against the pull of one/magnet to another magnet to another magnet," Tegan and Sara Quin sing together in shifting melodies. "I look into the mirror/for evil that just does not exist..."

Things get much more sprightly for the swirling pop of "Relief Next to Me," or the songs that it lays the groundwork for: rapid-fire dancepop, mellow piano ballads, bouncy little indie melodies, mellow acoustics, dark urgent pop stabbed with drumbeats, and energetic powerpop that doesn't let its bounciness keep it from staying intense.

Don't listen to "The Con" just once. Listen at least twice.

On the first listen you hear a rush of peppy indiepop that's fun and catchy, even when it's being serious. But the second time around you hear all the delicate interweaving of acoustics and keyboard, and the wistful, mournful look back at love and growing to maturity.

The Quin sisters play some nimble, swirling guitars, with some bass guitar beefing up songs like the rock-y "Hop A Plane." Ted Gowans also underscores some of the songs with sprightly piano pop, and he also weaves ribbons of glimmering synth through the earthy pop melodies.
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By Julian S on Dec 28 2011
Format: Audio CD
My first brush with Tegan and Sara's music came only a few months back when I heard some of the songs off their Sainthood album. Most notably, The Cure, Hell and Arrow were ones I really liked. After hearing their sound, and immediately taking a liking to it, I ventured out one day to my local record shop and picked up the 'If It Was You' and 'So Jealous' albums both for really good deals. I was not disappointed with these either.

After that, I came across the video of 'The Con' on YouTube and instantly was addicted to the song. I wanted to go and purchase the album, however it was not available anywhere in my area so I made the order on Amazon for it. I did not regret it at all.

I found 'The Con' to have more of a darker theme to it than that of it predecessors. Most of the songs contain various emotional aspects to them, where I found their previous albums to be more light and easy going. However, this did not discourage me at all. The fact that the songs are darker and different just brings out another side to the girls that once again results in a beautiful sound combined with moving lyrics.

If you liked their previous albums, you shouldn't be disappointed with this. I'm still a new fan of T&S, but I loved this album the first time I heard it. In fact, its probably the one album of theirs that I've listened to the most up until now. My favorite songs from the album are 'The Con', 'Back In Your Head' and 'Like O Like H', among others.

Up to this day, I now own all of their albums with the exception of Sainthood. However, acquisition of that album is definitely something I have planned after hearing all I've heard so far.
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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Aug. 3 2007
Format: Audio CD
The world of pop could use a lot more pop like Tegan and Sara's, and less posturing on MTV with a computerized voice.

And the identical twins show even greater variety in their fifth full-length album, three years after the Juno-nominated "So Jealous." In "The Con," they basically polish their existing guitar pop, but fill the sprightly melodies with confusing experiences and sorrowful romances.

It opens with a delicate piano ballad, framing a pretty, poignant song about the confusion and struggles of gay people. "To my heart confusion rose against/the muscles fought so long/to control against the pull of one/magnet to another magnet to another magnet," Tegan and Sara Quin sing together in shifting melodies. "I look into the mirror/for evil that just does not exist..."

Things get much more sprightly for the swirling pop of "Relief Next to Me," or the songs that it lays the groundwork for: rapid-fire dancepop, mellow piano ballads, bouncy little indie melodies, mellow acoustics, dark urgent pop stabbed with drumbeats, and energetic powerpop that doesn't let its bounciness keep it from staying intense.

Don't listen to "The Con" just once. Listen at least twice.

On the first listen you hear a rush of peppy indiepop that's fun and catchy, even when it's being serious. But the second time around you hear all the delicate interweaving of acoustics and keyboard, and the wistful, mournful look back at love and growing to maturity.

The Quin sisters play some nimble, swirling guitars, with some bass guitar beefing up songs like the rock-y "Hop A Plane." Ted Gowans also underscores some of the songs with sprightly piano pop, and he also weaves ribbons of glimmering synth through the earthy pop melodies.
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