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One of the most impressive aspects about Tegan and Sara is their commitment in honing their craft in such a way as to make every new album that much better than the one preceding it. Heartthrob is easily the most pop-oriented, head-bopping, non-stop, catchy-tune-after-catchy-tune, thrill ride they have ever produced. In an effort to gain a bigger audience—and I’m sorry, but any music act that wants to maintain a tiny cult following so as to not appear to be “selling out” are either fools or liars, or both—Tegan and Sara made a conscious effort to ride the wave of bigger sounding, brighter indie pop tunes that are slowly but surely ingratiating their way onto the tired radio waves.
With Heartthrob, Tegan and Sara have stepped out on that metaphorical cliff. The outcome could result in very few new listeners and an alienation of their existing fanbase who clamour for more of Tegan and Sara’s signature rock/pop style. Or, what is more likely, the album will be embraced by more people than ever, and those already rabid die-hard Tegan and Sara fans will take the girls up on their request to get a little bit closer. Either way, the girls can be proud that their efforts have produced the best record of their career, and quite possibly, one of the best records of the year. The girls have officially thrown their hat in the already gorged pop music scene, and other acts should be forewarned—this is an act that can duke it out with the best of them. — Pop Matters