So Jealous of Tegan&Sara

By Rhea MacDonald

Tegan and Sara’s indie rock album So Jealous, released
on October 30, 2004, features an alternative sound with melodic
harmonies and catchy lyrics. The Canadian twins’ sultry voices are
accompanied by their own skilfully strummed guitar and bass chords and
piano, as well as a five piece band who provide the percussion,
synths, and other various instruments.

Tegan Rain Quinn and Sara Kiersten Quin were born and raised in the
city of Calgary, Canada. The twins, aged 32 (DOB-September 19,
1980), have been writing songs and playing guitar since they were 15
years old.

At the age of 19, they signed their first record deal with Vapor
Records. From there the girls? music career took off by
completing worldwide touring with Neil Young, and an appearance on
the David Letterman Show.

The girls themselves are known for their action in political and
social matters in Canada, and around the world. They both identify as
lesbian, and have gained attention from this factor. They are very
proud to speak about LGBT rights and advocate for equality among
all sexual preferences. They have also spoken out and supported causes
such as cancer research, music education, organizations focues
on youth, and literacy.

The girls describe themselves as loving to read, do their hair, and
talk to the elderly. Their favourite things include vampires,
hot-dogs, and ships.

‘So Jealous’ was their 4th album to be released and was included
in Rolling Stone magazine’s Top 50 Records of 2004, with their
critics calling it a ‘taut little New Wave snack’.

The songs are focused on the real honest truth about romantic
relationships and the turbulence involved. Not shy to sing about the
lows of rejection and the pangs of obsessive infatuation, Tegan and
Sara show us that there is still honesty and depth in some lyrics
today, contrasting with other more flimsy pop-music lyrics.

Walking with a Ghost‘, released as a single in 2005, features
hauntingly beautiful voices, and catchy lyrics that stick in your head
for days on end. The track has a relaxed feel mixed with jutting
guitar strokes. This is the most popular song on the album with The
White Stripes
producing a cover in December 2005, but the rest of
the songs are second to none.

If you’re looking for something different and refreshing from the
usual junk on the radio these days, this album is the perfect fit for
you.

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