Rolling Stone - p.903.5 stars out of 5
-- "[T]he focus is the singer's feelings, examined rather than indulged. Tune seekers will admire many of these songs..."
Spin - p.1094 stars out of 5
-- "The album peaks with the bouncy, piano-driven 'Back in Your Head' and the Cars-esque 'Hop a Plane'..."
Uncut - p.65
"[V]ocalists Tegan and Sara are back with THE CON, a collection of angsty, catchy pop..."
Uncut - p.1094 stars out of 5
-- "[They] fairly blaze through THE CON's 14 compact, supercharged tracks -- their vocals delivering anxious lyrics that sound like fragments of overheard cellphone conversation."
Alternative Press - p.128
Included in Alternative Press's '10 Essential Albums Of 2007' -- "[T]he Quin sisters have released their most succinct musical statement to date with THE CON."
CMJ - p.43
"If there's one thing that Tegan and Sara have always excelled at, it's the ability to write a damn catchy tune."
Q (Magazine) - p.1174 stars out of 5
-- "[A] collection of short, buzzy indie-pop songs crammed with hooks, intuitive harmonies and much intense musing on the agony and ecstasy of young lust..."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.1034 stars out of 5
-- "[T]heir most tightly-structured....It's the sparing 'I Was Married' and the despairing 'Soil Soil' that mark this pair out as lifers."
The Word (magazine) (p.110) - "[They sing] with a mildly unhinged honesty at its finest on the yearning 'Nineteen'....They're talented writers..."
Tegan and Sara: Tegan Quin, Sara Quin (guitars).
Additional personnel: Ted Gowans, Kaki King (guitars); Christopher Walla, Hunter Burgan, Matt Sharp (bass guitar); Jason McGerr (drums).