Release Date: June 3rd, 2016
When Tegan and Sara released Heartthrob, old fans were disappointed because of their move away from punk-folk past but in reality, it was one of the best pop masterpieces of the year (2013). In Love You to Death, Tegan and Sara fully embrace pop music.
Love You to Death is 30 minutes of pop perfection in 10 songs. There’s no filler. Despite what old fans think, the sisters have not strayed from their roots. They still thing about confusing relationships (“U-Turn”) and self reflection (“That Girl”). Guitars are now dropped in favour of keyboard & synths, leaving the sisters to focus on vocal duties.
They’re also one of the only chart-topping popular artists to openly sing about LGBTQ relationships in 2016. This is also the first album where they directly refer to girls whereas in the past, love interests were a little vague. “BWU” challenges traditional expectations of marriage and equality in a relationship while lead single “Boyfriend” deals with a partner that has never dated a girl before. Piano ballad “100x” sings about leaving a toxic relationship. “You were someone I loved, then you were no one at all.”
The production value is reminiscent of the late 80s and 90s in the same way Carly Rae Jepsen’s last album made indie critics fall in love, except Tegan and Sara are holding it in their own reigns and bringing their songs to the masses.