Tegan & Sara, everyone’s favorite Canadian twins, gave lesbians a gift on Friday with a new album I’m Just Like You. The full-length comes with enough songs to dance to, to think about your crush to, to look out your window, and to watch the rain to.
The duo’s first album since Love You to Death in 2016, I’m Just Like You is composed of re-recorded songs from demos the pair made as teens. Tegan Quin told Pitchfork in a press release that they found actual cassette tapes with old recordings of songs. “They contained dozens of our first songs, written between the ages of 15 and 17,” she said, “We immediately recognized the songs as an essential part of our high school story.”
“With only minor tweaks to lyrics and structure, we tried to remain true to the original essence of each song,” Sara Quin added.
This album is a nice synthesis of the duo’s earlier acoustic, singer/songwriter work and their more recent pop direction. They’ve got some Robyn and Sia influence, but also plenty of the Tracy Chapman-style songwriting we love from the band.
The production on this album is spot on. Tegan & Sara worked with an all-woman team, including producer Alex Hope, engineer Rachael Findlen, and mixer Beatriz Artola and masterer Emily Lazar. Annie Kennedy worked as assistant engineer, Carla Azar was on drums and Catherine Hiltz played bass on the album.
Songs like “Don’t Believe The Things They Tell You (They Lie)” soar on the project thanks to their tight, poppy production. “Don’t Believe” serves as a prime example of the project’s strength, which allows the pair to remind fans of their stellar songwriting and pop soundscape creation.
“Hello, I’m Right Here,” is a beautiful ballad with classic Tegan & Sara harmonies that underscore why we all fell in love with the band in the first place. Its yearning chorus of “hello, hello, hello, I’m right here” is sure to place it on countless Spotify playlists lesbians send to their unrequited crushes.
On the slow rock/pop anthem “I Don’t Owe You Anything,” Tegan & Sara deliver some classic lesbian pop feelings, singing “Baby I don’t ask much/all I want is your touch.” These lyrics will be feeding baby gays (and their Instagram captions) for years to come.
These sisters are really showing just how consistently great a band can be. They’re able to release an album of 20-year-old songs and make it seem fresh and modern. Released in conjunction with their new memoir High School, I’m Just Like You is a perfect addition to Tegan & Sara’s illustrious discography.