Uncut - 5/03, p.943 stars out of 5
- "...IF IT WAS YOU is a collection of energetic girl-pop full of surging melodies..."
Mojo (Publisher) - 3/03, p.1123 stars out of 5
- "...Their combined voices are swoony and warm, yet edgy, their hooks are manifest and lyrics emphatic..."
Tegan And Sara: Tegan Quin, Sara Quin.
Additional personnel includes: Mike Ledwidge (slide guitar, organ, keyboards); Ezra Cipes (banjo); Gabe Cipes (bass); Rob Chursinoff (drums, percussion).
By 2002, twin sisters Tegan & Sara had made a name for themselves with the Lilith Fair crowd by playing acoustic folk-rock that highlighted their voices and their pop-centric song sensibility. Yet IF IT WAS YOU, the follow-up to the duo's popular 2001 debut THIS BUSINESS OF ART, stepped up their game by adding electric elements, tighter songwriting, and an occasionally punky edge.
"Time Running," "Monday Monday Monday," and the single "I Hear Noises" illustrate the sisters' knack for creating simple, hook-heavy songs that capture the ear and don't let go. Tegan & Sara benefit from the use of a full band and the sharper production here, both of which create a larger canvas for their songcraft, helping pave the way for their commercial breakthrough with 2004's SO JEALOUS.