ALBUM REVIEW: Tegan And Sara – Hey, I’m Just Like You

Release Date: September 27th 2019
Label: Sire Records


Twin sisters Tegan And Sara are seven-time gold-certified artists, with one double platinum record under their belts. With the release of ‘Hey, I’m Just Like You’ marking there ninth album release, they’re showing no signs of slowing down when it comes to racking up a long list of accomplishments.

The record’s title-track is a sweet and peppy song. Starting on a slow and solemn tone with long drowned out synth notes, by the time the chorus comes in, it turns cheery and upbeat as the notes get shorter and the beat faster. Similarly, the lyrics are a mixture of feelings, as the duo sing of being “messed up” yet “invincible together”, and these opposed emotional tones are very thematic throughout the album.

‘I Don’t Owe You Anything’ and ‘We Don’t Have Fun When We’re Together Anymore’ both showcase their ability to write catchy pop songs with a real sadness to the lyrics, though where these tracks and indeed much of the album falls a little flat is its lack of versatility.

Whilst individually the majority of the music on this album is very enjoyable, they all sort of fuse into one big pop song of emotional lyrics with occasional tempo changes, and sometimes it’s really hard to distinguish one track from another.

‘I’ll Be Back Someday’ drops in with a punky bass line and some less polished vocals, giving the track more of an edgy feel and more of Tegan And Sara‘s personality. Another example of this is on ‘Keep Them Close Cause They Will Fuck You Too’, which, whilst being a slow and mellow, its lyrics and profanity showcase some more of the edge that the twins very clearly have at their disposal.

‘Hey, I’m Just Like You’ is a soothing pop record with some emotional depth in places, and a lot of catchy choruses. Still, as a whole, it lacks anything that really allows it to stand out from the growing crowd of synth-pop revival artists.