- Love You to Death

Tegan and Sara - Love You to Death
CRITIC SCORE
76
Based on 22 reviews
2016 Rank: #195 / 714
USER SCORE
68
Based on
94 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
NME
Eight albums into their career, Canadian twins Tegan and Sara have made their definitive record.
85
The 405
As a complete novice to the subject of Tegan & Sara, yet one well acquainted with the genre of pop, I firmly believe the Quin sisters have crafted one of the finest, most concise collection of synth-pop of 2016.
83
A.V. Club

Love You To Death digs even deeper into throwback electro-pop. It’s very good, but it’s also a little predictable.

80
Spin

If Heartthrob was a test to see if T&S could fill stadiums and hold their own against Taylor Swift or Katy Perry, then Love You to Death considers it passed with flying colors.

80
The Line of Best Fit

They’re an important band with voices that deserve to be heard, and Love You To Death might well be the album that lifts them into the pop stratosphere.

80
The Guardian

Indeed, for all Tegan and Sara’s adoption by the queens of teen pop, Love You to Death feels like a distinctly grownup album, unafraid to explore nuanced, mature themes.

80
AllMusic

Their honesty and intelligence shine through at all times, and they take the sublime parts of the modern pop landscape, while giving no time to the ridiculous. Like Heartthrob, this is pop music that is all heart all the time, and for that, the sisters deserve every accolade that comes their way.

80
Drowned in Sound
Tegan and Sara have reached the end of a thorny, awkward path to pop perfection. Those years of uncertainty have only sweetened the realisation.
80
FasterLouder

The overarching feeling here is confidence – the result of a band that threw themselves off a cliff and found a net hanging just below.

80
Clash

If you like your pop with a bit more bite to it, then Tegan and Sara are everything you’re looking for.

80
musicOMH

Love You To Death is an album full of intelligent, sensitive pop songs, and at a time when the watermark for such music is pretty high anyway, it really does stand out from the crowd.

75
Consequence of Sound
These are tight pop cuts that pack a swift punch before disappearing in a cloud of glitter confetti, showcasing ’90s keyboard sounds and drum machine beats.
71
Pitchfork

At their best, they boil down love songs to their purest, aching essence, capturing complicated emotions in economical, less-is-more lyrical strokes.

70
Exclaim!

The record does play a bit like a return trip through familiar terrain, but for the most part, Love You to Death finds Tegan and Sara offering another solid soundtrack for summer romances and road-trips alike.

70
PopMatters

Despite these obligatory comparisons to their 2013 effort, though, Love You to Death is ultimately its own beast, one that finds Tegan and Sara working effectively with confessional songwriting and further developing their enthusiasm for synthpop’s visceral pleasures.

60
The Skinny

This should be a home run: fist-pumping lyrics sung with their distinctive call-and-response harmonies, hit-machine bridges‘n’breakdowns, the works. But Tegan and Sara colour inside the lines a little too much for their latest to really zing.

60
NOW Magazine

When they stop aiming for catchiness and instead get real about relationships, LYTD sparkles.

60
Rolling Stone
The songs here don't quite hit the same level of high-gloss overdrive they managed last time out, a problem for a band that prizes songwriting over the kind of vocal gymnastics that can turn a so-so synth-pop tune into an uncorked geyser of catharsis.
60
Under The Radar

Love You's sticky problem is the same one that plagues all but the Thriller/Purple Rain-iest of pop records, and it's that everything that comes between the hits sounds like filler in comparison.

43
Pretty Much Amazing
I’m a fan of what Tegan and Sara stand for as a band (the indie sphere always needs and has needed more LGBT artists, female artists, and/or LGBT female artists), but I can’t get behind any of the music they’re presenting here.
Jun 21, 2017
PJ_0707
70
Since 2009 Tegan and Sara have been diving into Synthpop and at moments it has paid off. There are moments on Sainthood and Hearthrob that were nice and enjoyable but with this third album following the same path, maybe it would benefit the twins to change direction. The 10 songs here aren't as strong as their previous singles and the pop tag is getting tired. They use to change their sound with every album from Indigo Girls folk-pop to Alanis styled pop-rock and then to new wave inspired pop ... read more
Dec 14, 2016
Felindie
73
Fav Tracks: U-turn, Boyfriend, Stop Desire
Dec 7, 2016
EMR
43
White Knuckles is a pretty good pop song, but that can't be said to pretty much all of the rest of the tracklisting here, and the duo once again gives signs of creativity decay.
Jul 3, 2016
66
Tegan and Sara bring glossy dance-pop rhythms from her last album, even though this time the themes and focus seem to improve. I’m not really a fan of their vocals to be honest, their voices aren’t pleasant to me, however, I must admit that they can write great hooks when they really go for it. In Love You to Death, we find the Quin twins with sugary statements and broken hearts, and I think it’s the biggest weakness of the record, it feels underwhelming rather than simple and ... read more
Jun 19, 2016
danielleandrea
72
1. That Girl 0.80
2. Faint of Heart 0.76
3. Boyfriend 0.85
4. Dying to Know 0.80
5. Stop Desire 0.70
6. White Knuckles 0.73
7. 100x 0.86
8. BWU 0.70
9. U-turn 0.49
10. Hand on to the Night 0.50

Favorite songs: That Girl, Faint of Heart, Boyfriend, 100x
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