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|Studio album by Tegan and Sara|
|Released||27 October 2009|
|Recorded||Summer 2009, Sound City Studios, Los Angeles, California and Two Sticks Audio, Seattle, Washington, United States|
|Genre||Indie pop, indie rock, New Wave,|
|Producer||Chris Walla and Howard Redekopp|
|Tegan and Sara chronology|
|Singles from Sainthood|
Track listing EditAll songs written and composed by Tegan Quin and Sara Quin, except where noted.
|2.||"Don't Rush" (T. Quin, S. Quin, Hunter Burgan)||2:43|
|3.||"Hell" (T. Quin, S. Quin, Hunter Burgan)||3:24|
|6.||"The Cure" (T. Quin, S. Quin, Hunter Burgan)||3:22|
This is the first album by Tegan and Sara to feature a song co-written by the pair, as they usually choose to write separately. However, it was not written while Tegan and Sara stayed together in New Orleans as an attempt to write together. No songs from that time made it on to the album, although one such song lends its title to that of the record. The album title was inspired by a Leonard Cohen lyric. The record also includes co-written songs from Tegan's side project with Hunter Burgan, bassist of AFI.
The album is described by the band as such:
Tegan and Sara's sixth studio album – Sainthood – addresses secular themes of devotion, delusion, and exemplary behavior in the pursuit of love and relationships. Inspired by emotional longing and the quiet actions we hope may be noticed by the objects of our affection, Sainthood is about obsession with romantic ideals.
In the service of relationships we practice being perfect. We practice our sainthood in the hope that we will be rewarded with adoration. As we are driven to become anything for someone else, we sometimes become martyrs for our cause.
Love, like faith, can never be held in an individual's hands. But the story of a great love affair – especially one that is unrequited or has ended too soon – can be woven like scripture or a bedtime story. And so the themes of Sainthood are tied together by this simple title, borrowed, with great respect, from the lyrics of the Leonard Cohen song "Came So Far for Beauty":
I practiced all my sainthood / I gave to one and all / But the rumours of my virtue / They moved her not at all.
Sainthood was released in the UK on 26 October 2009.
Tegan and Sara released the full album for online streaming on their MySpace page on 20 October 2009.
EE Storey, the band's artistic director, designed the album artwork.
When speaking with Alter the Press! in November 2009, the band revealed that the second single to be lifted from Sainthood would be "Alligator".
The album debuted at #21 on the Billboard 200, selling 22,665 copies in its first week.
Sales chart performanceEdit
|Canadian Albums Chart||4|
|Australian Albums Chart||21|
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- ↑ Sainthood reviews at Metacritic.com, Metacritic. Retrieved April 22, 2010.
- ↑ Hits Daily Double - US Top 50 Albums - BuzzJack Music Forum, BuzzJack. Retrieved December 8, 2009.
- ↑ http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/hottest100/09/countdown/cd_91-100.htm
- ↑ "Blue Rodeo, BSS on Polaris long list". The Globe and Mail, June 17, 2010.
- ↑ http://jam.canoe.ca/Music/Artists/J/Jackson_Michael/2009/11/04/11633286-jam.html
- ↑ http://www.ariacharts.com.au/pages/charts_display_album.asp?chart=1G50