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  • Audio CD (July 18 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Vapor/Sire
  • ASIN: B00004U91U
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

1. The First
2. Proud
3. Frozen
4. Hype
5. My Number
6. All You Got
7. Freedom
8. Not With You
9. More For Me
10. Come On
11. Superstar

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Signed to Neil Young's Vapor imprint on the strength of a handful of songs, Calgary folk twins Tegan and Sara Quin seemed fast-tracked for pop stardom before their debut album even dropped. The brittle, snappy This Business of Art was produced by Toronto cabaret chameleon Hawksley Workman and sticks tight to the Ani DiFranco agit-folk template. Frantic strumming is paired in three-minute bursts with the duo's half-sung/half-rapped lyrics, while Workman and pal Karl Mohr fill in the blanks. It's a supremely confident big-label debut, but like DiFranco's music, a bit hollow beyond the initial flash of energy. The songwriting is strong but also somewhat underdeveloped and gimmicky, and given the pyrotechnics lurking behind the board, you can't help but wish that Workman had done more to dress up the songs themselves. --Matt Galloway

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sunshinederry on Feb. 1 2004
Format: Audio CD
I say move over all you wishy-washy, lyrically transient, vocally programmed army of female "singer/songwriters." Tegan and Sara are more than just a wrinkle in the fabric of music (or lint in a belly-button), they are more like those huge creases that are left in the shirts ironed by coping husbands when their wives are sick. The only thing better than Tegan and Sara's "This Business of Art" is licking brownie batter off your fingers. But licking brownie batter off your fingers would only rock to its fullest potential if you were listening to Tegan and Sara while doing your best Homer Simpson hoovering impression.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CORIE on Oct. 19 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is a awesome original of the 2nd album from the girls. Their simplicity in their lyrics seem to hit home and you can apply at least 1 song to your life right now. They amaze me with their creativity and every day when I put this Cd in my stereo, its like a warm blanket. It has been great seeing them come from under feet like ours to So Jealous, This is a perfect mix inbetween their old and new. Their lyrics captivate you.....
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Tegan and Sara are the best yet to be discovered band. Hopefully the start of their recent boom in fans won't change them. I like this album a lot better than the newer one, unfortunately unlike the newer one this cd is in Quito, Ecuador. Maybe it's fate that it was left there along with the cactus I had yet to name, moving from one family's house to the next it seems as if the album was left in a cd player which made me want to cry when I found out. The lyrics can be a bit interesting at times, not something that alone would blow you away but their harmony is amazing you can tell that they are on the same word of the same line of the same page. You can also tell by their music that they like to have fun. I hope 5 years down the road they still have that zest for fun in their songs. As far as the album being in Quito....I really hate buying things that I already owned. I only hope someone out their is enjoying what I misplaced. Next time I'm purchasing music hopefully I'll replace this lose.
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This CD is really something special. Ever since first seeing Tegan & Sara at a festival we have here for the socially conscious folks (Under the Volcano- check it out) three or four years ago, I've been quite a fan. When they were hyped with radio and video play here in Canada I was torn. While I wanted as many people to know about them as possible and experience the magic of the live show, I didn't want the media machine to take over and focus on something other than the fantastic songwriting. The last show I saw them perform (Dicks on Dicks) featured masses of people talking loudly throughout it- perhaps their decision to attend was driven by hyped curiosity rather than being really stoked. Frustrating. There isn't a weak track on this album. Fantastic production from another great Canadian songwriter, Hawksley Workman.
A lot of people seem to want to make the Ani connection, but I would say the only real similarities to an Ani album would be to Puddle Dive, and these songs are better.. gasp! Will I be struck down? Buy this. It's not only inspiring and thought provoking, but also way too fun.
Dear Diary, I think I'm in love. Does she like me? Circle Yes/No.
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This CD is really something special. Ever since first seeing Tegan & Sara at a festival we have here for the socially conscious folks (...)three or four years ago, I've been quite a fan. When they were hyped with radio and video play here in Canada I was torn. While I wanted as many people to know about them as possible and experience the magic of the live show, I didn't want the media machine to take over and focus on something other than the fantastic songwriting. The last show I saw them perform (...) featured masses of people talking loudly throughout it- perhaps their decision to attend was driven by hyped curiosity rather than being really stoked. Frustrating. There isn't a weak track on this album. Fantastic production from another great Canadian songwriter, Hawksley Workman.
A lot of people seem to want to make the connection, but I would say the only real similarities to an Ani album would be to Puddle Dive, and these songs are better.. gasp! Will I be struck down? Buy this. It's not only inspiring and thought provoking, but also way too fun.
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I cannot begin to praise Tegan and Sara enough. They opened for Melissa Ferrick back when I went to see her, and I purchased their first CD, "Under Feet Like Ours" on the spot.
"This Business of Art" is one of my top ten CDs. This elite list comprises ten CDs I can listen to all the way through, unmotivated, to skip tracks, get up, move around, etc, over and over again. In fact, I've listened to this CD more than a hundred times in the estimated three months I've had it in my possession.
Singer Songwriter styled lyrics, mixed with hard beats and intricate melodies, put Tegan and Sara high up on the totem pole, both stylistically and for creativity.
My favorites on this album are "The First" and "My Number," but there isn't a bad or weak track on the album. With the Exception of "Superstars," the tracks carried over from "Under Feet Like Ours" are improved as well, cooler versions of already good originals.
I personally cannot wait for them to tour my area again, and for them to release a new CD, but in the meanwhile, I will be listening to "This business of Art" many, many more times.
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