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This Business of Art [Import]

Tegan and Sara Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
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1. The First
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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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Tegan And Sara ~ This Business Of Art

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Start for Tegan and Sara Oct. 19 2004
By CORIE
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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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm upset that I lost my copy :( March 3 2003
Format:Audio CD
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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By chris
Format:Audio CD
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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By chris
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my top ten CDs July 9 2001
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Deserves way more than just 5 stars
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 more
Published on April 27 2004 by OhLourdi
5.0 out of 5 stars Another under rated canadian act
I'm an american living in canada and was once under the mistaken idea that all the good acts come from the states! Read more
Published on Jan. 20 2004 by Matthew Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Grows on you like kudzu
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 more
Published on Aug. 13 2003 by Kathryn Bowles
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing!
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
5.0 out of 5 stars already been said
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 more
Published on June 14 2003 by "expellian"
5.0 out of 5 stars One Rockin' Duo!
'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 more
Published on April 22 2003 by Jason
5.0 out of 5 stars Growing Up
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 more
Published on Nov. 10 2002 by redhearts
4.0 out of 5 stars lots of fun..
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
Published on July 18 2002 by "eliwheeler"
5.0 out of 5 stars rockstar
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 more
Published on April 29 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Super cute.... and good music too!
Of course... this CD is reminiscent of Ani DiFranco - as you'd read in any review... but it's more than just an Ani rip-off. Read more
Published on April 19 2002 by Miss D. AwesomePants
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