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Published on January 21, 2008
Review by Craig Roseberry, BPM Magazine
For their fifth studio outing (and major label debut), lesbian twin duo Tegan and Sara were faced with the daunting task of creating a follow-up to their massive 2004 breakthrough, So Jealous. On The Con, the sisters Quin team up with Death Cab For Cutie’s Chris Walla to deliver a darker, more stylistic and sonically mature collection, draped in rich melodies, jarringly honest songwriting and skillful musicianship — courtesy of guest players Jason McGerr from DCFC on drums, Matt Sharp from the Rentals/Weezer and Hunter Burgan from AFI on bass.
The album retains the signature indie rock and quirky heartbreak-pop brilliance that catapulted them into success. And, while not as immediate as its predecessor, formidable cuts like “Back In Your Head,” “Nineteen” (a sweltering homage to jilted love), “Like O, Like H” and the title track prove to be equally potent, reverberating with a depth and urgency that’s riveting and memorable.