Love You to Death (album)

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Love You to Death
Tegan and Sara - Love You to Death.png
Studio album by Tegan and Sara
Released June 3, 2016 (2016-06-03)
Genre Synthpop
Length 31:27
Label
Producer Greg Kurstin
Tegan and Sara chronology
Heartthrob
(2013)Heartthrob2013
Love You to Death
(2016)
Singles from Love You to Death
  1. "Boyfriend"
    Released: April 8, 2016
  2. "Stop Desire"
    Released: August 25, 2016

Love You to Death is the eighth studio album by Canadian rock duo Tegan and Sara, released on June 3, 2016, on Neil Young's label Vapor Records through Warner Bros. Records. Produced by Greg Kurstin, it is the follow-up to the duo's 2013 release Heartthrob, also produced in part by Kurstin.[1] "Boyfriend" was released as the album's lead single on April 8, 2016. The same day, "U-Turn" was also released as a promotional single, as of February 2017, Love You to Death has sold 27,000 copies in the US and 50,000 worldwide.[2]

Background[edit]

It was revealed in November 2015 by Stereogum that Tegan and Sara had completed recording of the then untitled album,[3] the band announced the name of the album on their official Facebook on March 10, 2016,[4] with the official album art released the next day on their official Instagram account.[5]

Recording and production[edit]

At the Beats 1 premiere interview, Sara explained the concept behind the album's lead single "Boyfriend":[6]

As Quin explained to DJ Matt Wilkinson, the song details a love triangle she found herself in with a woman who not only hadn't dated another girl before, but was still seeing another man. "I think that's pretty relatable. Obviously, being gay, there's sort of a bit of a gender twist in the song, and I get that that sometimes doesn't seem immediately relatable to everybody, whether they're straight or whatever, but this idea, you know, that we've all been in that situation where we really like someone and we want to make it official, and they're not ready, that's what the song is about."

Release[edit]

The album became available for pre-order on iTunes, Amazon Music, Google Play, and in retail stores and other music distribution platforms on April 8, 2016, and was released on June 3, 2016.

Singles[edit]

Since the album has become available for pre-order, one official single has been released from the album, titled "Boyfriend", the single first became available to listen to via Beats 1 on April 7, 2016,[7] and was available to download the next day.

The twins announced via their Instagram account that "Stop Desire" would be released as the second single from the album, the track is also featured on the soundtrack and in the trailer of The Sims 4: City Living expansion pack.

Promotional singles[edit]

"U-turn" was released as a promotional single along with "Boyfriend" on April 8, 2016 for listeners who pre-ordered the album.

"100x" was released as the second promotional single on May 6, 2016.

"Stop Desire" was released as the third and final promotional single on May 20, 2016.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[8]
The A.V. Club B+[9]
The Boston Globe Positive[10]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[11]
NME 5/5 stars[12]
Pitchfork 7.1/10[13]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[14]
Spin 8/10[15]
Exclaim! 8/10[16]}
Vice A–[17]

Love You to Death received highly positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has an average score of 78 out of 100, which indicates "generally favorable reviews" based on 24 reviews.[18] Tim Sendra of AllMusic writes: "This is pop music that is all heart all the time, and for that, the sisters deserve every accolade that comes their way."[8] Spin's Rachel Brodsky claims: "All over their eighth album, the Quins continue to demonstrate what makes them such fine songwriters."[15] Rating the album five out of five, Jordan Bassett of NME calls it a "perfectly formed record full of buoyant pop songs."[12] Exclaim!''s Ryan McNutt gave the album a positive review, calling it "another solid soundtrack for summer romances and road-trips alike".[16] "Every track is a three-minute formalist construct that captures a mood...every one is catchy," said Robert Christgau, giving the album an A-.[19]

Accolades[edit]

Publication Accolade Year Rank Ref.
Consequence of Sound Top 50 Albums of 2016 2016
27
The Guardian The Best Albums of 2016 2016
35
NME NME's Albums of the Year 2016 2016
18
Paste The 50 Best Albums of 2016 2016
28

Commercial performance[edit]

Love You to Death entered the Billboard 200 at number 16 with 22,000 sales, the duo's second-best opening sales of their career compared to Heartthrob, moving 50,000 units in its first week. In its second week, the album suffered a 92% sales drop, falling to number 181 and selling 1,987 copies,[24] as of February 2017, it has sold 27,000 in the United States. In the United Kingdom, Love You to Death reached number 30 with first week sales of 2,578 copies; the album has sold 3,634 copies to date there.[25] In Canada, Love You to Death reached number 3 with first week sales of 5,500 copies, the album spent three weeks on the chart[26] and has sold 12,693 copies in Canada. Worldwide, Love You to Death has sold 50,000 copies as of February 2017.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from the iTunes pre-order listing.[27]

Love You to Death
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "That Girl" Greg Kurstin 2:44
2. "Faint of Heart"
  • T. Quin
  • S. Quin
Kurstin 2:54
3. "Boyfriend"
  • T. Quin
  • S. Quin
  • Greg Kurstin
Kurstin 2:47
4. "Dying to Know"
Kurstin 3:37
5. "Stop Desire"
  • T. Quin
  • S. Quin
Kurstin 3:17
6. "White Knuckles"
  • T. Quin
  • S. Quin
Kurstin 3:18
7. "100x"
  • T. Quin
  • S. Quin
  • Shatkin
Kurstin 3:02
8. "BWU"
  • T. Quin
  • S. Quin
  • Kurstin
Kurstin 3:21
9. "U-Turn"
  • T. Quin
  • S. Quin
  • Kurstin
Kurstin 2:58
10. "Hang On to the Night"
  • T. Quin
  • S. Quin
Kurstin 3:29
Total length: 31:27

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from AllMusic.[28]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[29] 13
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[30] 61
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[31] 156
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[32] 3
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[33] 18
Irish Albums (IRMA)[34] 29
UK Albums (OCC)[35] 30
US Billboard 200[36] 16

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