Why I like it, a lot:
Even though all the songs basically sound the same, they still manage to be catchy.
I like their vocal harmonies. It probably helps that they are twins.
The perspective they communicate on heartbreak: painful honesty, taking responsibility for your own feelings.
I think of it as a kind of anti-country song. The typical country ballad lashes out and blames the erstwhile lover for the singer’s broken heart. “You took away the love we knew, you wrecked our happy home.”
Tegan and Sara look inwards instead and tell you of their grief/anger/need/shame/regret in strangely fascinating detail, while admitting their own failures. “I listened in, yes I’m guilty of this, you should know this.”
If I had to pick one line to summarize the album, I’d use the same one highlighted in the CD booklet: “Make a map of what you see, direct pain effectively.”
Sometimes you wonder if some of their pain comes from picking at old wounds, but still, just like scab-picking, they make it all strangely enjoyable.