Review: “Hey, I’m Just Like You” by Tegan and Sara

By Ben Kindberg

This new Tegan and Sara album is worth your listen. Like all their work, its emotion driven, and internally consistent in style. Even if you’re not a fan of their style of music, it will definitely bring you back to your favorite coffee shop as to prepare for your upcoming midterms. 

My only real experience with before Hey, I’m Just Like You with Tegan and Sara was playing Come on with my uncle John’s guitar when I went for Christmas to my mother’s home town. 

Listening to Hey, I’m Just Like You I could tell they had departed a bit from the roots of their sound. Hey, I’m just Like You their sound from the folk-alternative of the early 2000’s for a modern ear while holding onto the character that makes Tegan and Sara different. The opening track, “Hold My Breath Until I Die” does this best, and the hook for the title track “Hey I’m Just Like You” really doesn’t have a place in the rest of Tegan and Sara’s work. Additionally, “I’ll Be Back Someday”’s sound is remnant of alternative styles of the group’s early 2000’s roots while taking on a broader than normal instrumentation than we’re used to hearing from Tegan and Sara – lots of synth, keys, and drum machines. This makes a lot of sense when you hear each of the twelve tracks on Hey, I’m Just Like You were initially written by Tegan and Sara as teenagers but updated by their modern talent. 

Listening to this album, I’m brought back to the long cold drive north to Christmas when I heard Tegan and Sara for the first time. Over all, the album is full of emotion, a different Tegan and Sara than you’ve heard, but still grounded in the classic duo you know. 

Rating: 4.5 Q-Tips

Favorite Track: “I Know I’m Not the Only One”

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