Monday, 20 April 2009

To the Power of Two.

I’ve long been a fan of sister musical acts. Tegan and Sara is after all my favourite band in the known universe. Even The Veronicas do the three and half minute pop song very well. However, one of the most under appreciated musical duos in music today, Meg & Dia are fast becoming one of my favourite bands. With the release of their sophomore album Here, Here and Here they demonstrate that they are a talented force to be reckoned with.

Their first album Something Real was released three years ago with little fanfare. Due to my undying devotion to the aforementioned Tegan and Sara, my Last Fm was constantly recommending Meg & Dia as a band I should check out. I don’t know why, but I resisted at first, but after a few months I finally relented and listened to the album. Rather than a straight comparison to Tegan and Sara, I was pleasantly surprised to find that they were an amalgam of the Quin Twins and another of my favourite bands Paramore, with the catchy and literate lyrics of the former and the rocking passion of the latter. In particular I fell in love with the track Nineteen Stars, which brought these irresistible qualities to the fore.

With the release of Here, Here and Here not only have Meg & Dia kept these qualities, but they have also matured and diversified their sound. From the soul infused grooves of Are There Giants Too, In The Dance? to the bluegrass inspired Agree to Disagree, the album wonders across many musical territories. Yet the album does not contain a weak link, as I find it impossible not to listen to the album in its entirety.

In particular, the middle third of the album is stellar. Starting with the catchy first single Black Wedding, moving through to the mournful ballad Bored of Your Love, then on to the stadium rocker, One Sail, One Sea, and finally to the compelling The Last Great Star in Hollywood these four tracks are really where the album bursts into its full stride. However my favourite track on the album has to be a tie between the modern power ballad Fighting For Nothing (which has the potential to do for Meg & Dia what Decode did for Paramore) and the title track which provides the album with a fantastic closer. Like I said the album contains no weak links.

Whilst I’ll happily admit the angst filled lyrical stylings of Meg & Dia may not suit everyone’s taste, I’d enthusiastically recommend this album to fans of Tegan and Sara, Paramore, and Jimmy Eat World. This is pop done with both grunt and polish.

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