Tuesday, October 6, 2009

New Tegan and Sara: "Hell"

[stream] Tegan and Sara: "Hell"

One of the downfalls of being a super successful blogger like myself is that we're always looking forward to what's new and what's next. Most of us have already written off 2009, already formulating our best-of lists and beginning to sample albums from next year's slate. But the reality is, it's only October. There are three good months left in the year, which means there are still albums left on the calendar that have the potential to surprise us all. (Obviously I'm talking about Weezer's Raditude, in stores Nov. 3.) Who knows? Maybe one of them will even be good enough to supplant - spoiler alert - Animal Collective, Grizzly Bear or Dirty Projectors from the blogosphere's collective number one spot.

I'm not sure if Tegan and Sara's forthcoming album, Sainthood, can do the trick, but I definitely forgot how much I'm looking forward to it. 2007's The Con was the sleeper of that year for me, and if the follow-up (Oct. 27) can resonate half as well, then it'll be a success. Today we get a low-quality stream of the album's first single, "Hell," courtesy of Stereogum.Stylistically, it picks up right where The Con left off: a pop song with moderately industrial guitars propelled by the twins' trademark off-kilter harmonies and a straightforward groove from Death Cab for Cutie drummer Jason McGerr. (Fellow Death Cabber Chris Walla, who produced The Con, also helms the boards this time around.) The chorus gets a little repetitive toward the end, but that doesn't take away from its immediacy.

Sainthood is in stores 10/27 via Sire. We lazy blogged the album's cover art and tracklisting a few weeks ago.

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