by Lisa Kirchner

Quirky Canadian twins Tegan and Sara are back, this time abandoning the darker sound that penetrated The Con and returning, a bit, to their folk-rock roots.

With their sixth album, Sainthood, the greater presence of pounding electronica with a rock twist might make you wonder if you’re listening to the duo at all. Opener “Arrow” gives an immediate adrenaline rush, and “Red Belt” uses beats inspired by Super Mario Brothers circa 1985. While most of the album is high-energy, it still displays Tegan and Sara’s signature strength of making emotional music. Tracks “The Ocean” and “Someday” exhibit a yearning for a fulfilling love they have yet to attain. Overall, this album does a superb job of weaving thumping beats with the introspective nature of romantic longing.

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