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As I sat in a marketing office in 2007, these fourteen tracks passed by in a remarkably short 37 minutes, and something about me felt wildly different when it was over. I felt stabbed in the heart by �€œThe Con,�€� charmed by �€œBack In Your Head,�€� nostalgic about �€œNineteen,�€� and haunted by �€œCall It Off.�€� As someone who�€™d never been floored by this band�€™s previous work, I also found myself ill-equipped to explain my sudden change of heart. How do you explain an album�€™s gripping nature by virtue of the addition of synthesizers and Chris Walla?
Upon The Con�€™s release, Pitchfork infamously noted that Tegan and Sara would no longer be known as �€œtampon rock,�€� an unsavory reference to that niche audience the band had already worked hard to win over. What this meant was simply that with The Con, Tegan and Sara gave the public a chance to finally move away from references to their sexuality, their quirky personas, and their �€œtwin factor.�€� The difference is, in part, a richer and more palatable sound. More importantly, though, The Con is a vivid emotional landscape, and the songwriters�€™ individuality shines through in a new and wildly compelling way.
�€œI want to draw you a floorplan of my head and heart,�€� the opening line of �€œFloorplan�€� notes, and at the end of the day, that�€™s exactly what The Con turned out to be. It�€™s a remarkably structured, affecting look into the way we interact with, and shy away from, each other as people, and it manages to be as toe-tapping as it is heartbreaking. I fell in love with The Con in a stuffy old office on that first listen, and I haven�€™t been able to shake off that feeling since.
Haha.. we were kidding about all those other ones. This is obviously, objectively, the best record
ever of the decade.
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After five years and three albums spent building something, Wilco decided to tear it down and start fresh. The music industry did the same thing. But it didn't exactly have a choice.
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