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Tegan and Sara – Closer

tegan and sara closerWhile Canadian musical twins Tegan and Sara have never really shied away from experimenting with their song’s textures, the single “Closer” may be a little bit surprising to fans, with its unabashed, synth-based bubblegum pop anthem stylings. The song still features the sisters’ trademark catchy melodies and snappy harmonies, but now they’re sharing sonic space with various synth bells, whistles, flangers, and phasers that bring to mind late 80s dance music.

The video for Closer is a throwback to the 80s, showing the sisters singing karaoke (with Sara singing like a teen who’s been drinking way too many Red Bulls), interspersed with footage of a group of friends partying via different means – from dancing and singing, to spin the bottle, to simply bouncing around on a trampoline.

While Closer, due to its club-friendly danceable tune and lyrics that lend itself well to physical intimacy, is considered by many fans as a good song to make out to, Tegan Quin herself clarified that it was actually written as a reminder of a time when sex, complicated relationships, drama, and heartbreak are not yet part of her life, in a more innocent time when getting closer meant linking arms and walking down the school hallway.

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Matchbox Twenty – Overjoyed

matchbox-twenty-north-album-coverOverjoyed is the second single off of Matchbox Twenty’s fourth studio album, North. Unlike most of the songs that have built up Matchbox 20’s career, Overjoyed is not about heartbreak or a broken relationship or any negative emotion. As the title implies, the song is all about being happy and there’s nothing but sweet, sweet love involved.

Rob Thomas’ voice, along with his uncanny ability to sing a mid-tempo ballad while incorporating intensity reserved for a rock song makes Overjoyed one of the more unique ballads out there, as the emotions Thomas is able to express melds well with the slow, simple melody punctuated by cymbal crashes as the chorus enters.

If the initial video (the placeholder one with the picture of a bride and groom, not the official one) is any indication, Matchbox 20 knows that Overjoyed is going to work well as a wedding song. It certainly provides more options, so that people will have something else to march along to during matrimony instead of adding to the multitudes of couples who tied the knot to Adele and Bruno Mars.

Those of you who don’t plan on getting married soon (or at all) will still find plenty to like in Overjoyed, especially if you were one of those teens who wore out the stereo’s Play button to Unwell, If You’re Gone, and Push.