Heartthrob

Tegan and Sara - Heartthrob
Critic Score
Based on 23 reviews
2013 Ratings: #190 / 955
User Score
Based on 147 ratings
2013 Ratings: #269
January 29, 2013 / Release Date
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Warner Bros. / Label
Electropop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
PopMatters

The girls can be proud that their efforts have produced the best record of their career, and quite possibly, one of the best records of the year.

90
Drowned in Sound

They may have churned their sound into something new, but their heart and their character is still very much in the right place, and that’s what makes Heartthrob more than just a brilliant pop album

83
Paste

What a concept, expanding their musical universality and emotional relatability at the same time.

83
A.V. Club

At times, Heartthrob can feel a bit too polished because of such manicured instrumentation. But overall, Tegan And Sara make the album work, mainly because their songwriting is more sophisticated. 

80
Under The Radar

This is Tegan and Sara in arena-ready mode; the mix goes wall-to-wall in each and every track, filling all corners of the soundscape with digital pulses and vocal effects. Heartthrob is easily the duo's biggest-sounding album.

80
Consequence of Sound

Heartthrob’s connection to music of the early ’80s isn’t trite – it’s a treat.

80
Spin

Bright, busy, and unapologetically direct, Heartthrob nonetheless makes everything Tegan and Sara did before seem perversely obscure.

80
NME

Out goes the usual folk-meets-new wave stuff, in comes Lily Allen’s producer Greg Kurstin and big, spangly electro hits. The results could have been messy, but ‘Heartthrob’ is a triumph.

73
Pitchfork

On Heartthrob, Tegan and Sara sing about solitude, regret, and self-loathing alongside romance, but most of its 10 songs feel amazing. 

60
musicOMH

Heartthrob falls down more often than not because the songs capture the immaturity of its target audience a little too well.

60
No Ripcord

This was an interesting direction to go in and it definitely has a lot of potential. But the duo will need to do a better job balancing the synths and the songs to succeed.

lemuriams
85
VERY CATCHY ALBUM! Every song is like a hit.
superadi
84
so sad :(

faves: closer, goodbye, goodbye, i was a fool.
TeganFan99UK
100
A great pop rock album with the duo showing their talents in being able to do pop music just as well as alternative with a little help from Greg Kurstin. The opening 6 songs are as strong any first half of an album you are likely to hear. Highlights are all 6 first tracks with my personal fave as How Come You Don't Want Me.
feelflows108
87
An essential break-up album. Solid all the way through.
FearFlour
60
Closer is a great pop song but the rest is just kinda meh.
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Track List

  1. Closer
  2. Goodbye, Goodbye
  3. I Was A Fool
  4. I'm Not Your Hero
  5. Drove Me Wild
  6. How Come You Don't Want Me
  7. I Couldn't Be Your Friend
  8. Love They Say
  9. Now I'm All Messed Up
  10. Shock To Your System
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