Upon first listen, longtime fans may write Heartthrob off as just another ode to the ‘80s record. However, like some pieces of fine art, the beauty lies in the finer details only found with multiple observations. After 13 years of songwriting, Tegan and Sara Quin have decided to shake it up with polished production, little-to-no guitars (come again?) and large doses of dance pop. And with the current trend of underground ‘80s synths (M83, Kavinsky), why shouldn’t they? The sexual pop single “Closer” starts this dance party, with “Goodbye, Goodbye” and “I Couldn’t Be Your Friend” keeping the hips in motion. Don’t worry, emotion still plays a heavy part in this record, just as expected. Tegan + Sara + major production – guitars = Heartthrob.
By Andy Mesecher