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Tegan and Sara turn up the pep on 'Sainthood'

Tegan and Sara release their sixth album, "Sainthood."

Tegan and Sara release their sixth album, "Sainthood." Credit: Handout

The Quin sisters - better known as Tegan and Sara - turn down the quirk and turn up the pep for their sixth album, "Sainthood" (Vapor/ Sire), building a pop sound without losing their distinctive sound. Though "Sainthood" centers on relationships, mostly busted ones, everything is surprisingly up-tempo and catchy here, from the electro-tinged relocation-and-relationships single "Hell" to the punk-ish rave-up "Northshore," where they declare "My misery's so addictive." Even "The Cure," which pairs a Robert Smith-sy chord progression with some emotional resolutions, keeps things upbeat.

The Quins probably sense that after years of waiting in critical-darling purgatory, "Sainthood" should finally send them shuffling through pop's pearly gates.

TEGAN AND SARA "Sainthood"

The grade A-

Bottom line Uptempo, poppy relationship advice

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