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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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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.
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.
"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.
Most recent customer reviews
This quite possibly could be the best cd I own. I don't even really know how to describe it, their music can't be compaired to anyone elses. Read morePublished on April 27 2004 by OhLourdi
I'm an american living in canada and was once under the mistaken idea that all the good acts come from the states! Read morePublished on Jan. 20 2004 by Matthew Johnson
I purchased this album because I really liked the song "My Number" which I had heard on Spinner.com. Upon the first listen, I was frankly unpleased. Read morePublished on Aug. 13 2003 by Kathryn Bowles
this album covers such a range of moods, but still has enough unity to be great straight through. there's not a bad track.Published on July 31 2003
Their talent is amazing. I like this CD better than If It Was You. I didn't know what to think about them before I heard them... I was a bit skeptical. Read morePublished on June 14 2003
'This Business of Art' is an amazing album. Filled with raw emotion and distinctive acoustic sounds, it's an album that no CD collection is complete without. Read morePublished on April 22 2003 by Jason
Tegan & Sara's 2nd album [but first real release] hits the spot. Their acoustic sound from 'Under Feet Like Ours' has been re-mixed and new songs have been added. Read morePublished on Nov. 10 2002 by anchorless
Yeah, I really enjoyed these guys...
I can't remember now how I came across their names, but I was bored at work so I found their cd online and bought it. Read more
this album is great. These cuties can sing! Similar to Ani and also their fellow Canadian women rockers, Ember Swift (Independant women who rock!!) They should tour together! Read morePublished on April 29 2002
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