ALBUM: Tegan And Sara – Get Along

Release Date: November 14th, 2011
Label: Warner Bros. Records


There are some bands who for some reason, despite all their best efforts, just cannot seem to break into the mainstream music scene although they deserve to. Tegan And Sara are two such people, having been releasing full-length albums since 1999 with their laidback style of indie music. This isn’t to say that the two haven’t had their fair share of headlines, unfortunately many have focused on their sexuality rather than their music, but another includes a tirade at NME magazine for focusing on style rather than substance. The most recent happened when they hit back at homophobic comments directed at them by Tyler, The Creator. Controversy aside, ‘Get Along’ is taken from a live show, and demonstrates perfectly what raw talent these sisters have which will hopefully be why they grab the headlines in the future.

From the get-go, opener ‘Alligator’ demonstrates the stripped down acoustic environment that this performance works within. This scenario allows the performers not only to demonstrate their skills on an acoustic guitar, but also shows how perfectly they can harmonise live. Their harmonies are a feature of the entire album, however, as Tegan And Sara alternate taking lead vocals depending on who wrote the song, it shows how they can work together so well and adapt to each others vocal style. Stand out track ‘Back In Your Head’ shows this ability well.

The acoustic setting of this album allows the emotional substance of the band’s lyrics to really shine through. An impressive vocal performance helps to convey this on songs such as ‘Not With You’ and the heartfelt ballad ‘Knife Going In’. Higher tempo songs are few and far between on this album, but are performed to a high standard as ‘I Know, I Know, I Know’ and ‘The Ocean’ demonstrate. These tracks give the album a much needed change of pace at times when it risks becoming too mellow.

While ‘Get Along’ shows a great performance by two people with a great deal of talent, the main problem it faces is that due to the nature of their songs, the whole record is very slow paced. This will not be a problem for pre-existing fans of Tegan And Sara, but with no real bite it’s difficult to see this album setting the world on fire and drawing in new fans. That said, hopefully after a listen to ‘Get Along’ people will appreciate their talent and check out their back catalogue, and agree with me that this is a top performance from a band that deserve a lot more acknowledgement than they currently have.

Written by Jon Barlow