tegan: hey so we're going to play you some new songs, are you ready? are you warmed up? um i wrote this next song um i was out in palm springs- you know where that is? it's like where old people hang out.... and gay people. that's where i spend a lot of my time as a gay person um. so i was out there and i was writing songs for love you to death and i wrote this next song and i sent it to sara and she wrote back and was like "it's super cool," but i didn't like her response so i reconfigured it and emailed it back. and then i texted her three or four times and was like "what do you think? what do you think? what do you think?" and she was like "yeah, it's cool." so then i um spent an entire day remixing it um and sent it to sara and she wrote back "it's good. this is i think probably the first one you sent is really good." so then when we got in the studio uh we chose it to record and halfway through the first day i had like a mini-meltdown where i was like "you guys think we should do this song? do you think it's good?" and sara was like "it's good. you need to chill out, it's a good song." and i was like "okay." and then when we went back to rerecord vocals i was like "is this the song to put on the record?" and sara was like "yeah, no it's a good song. we spent all this time recording it and you keep talking about it, it's a great song." and then when we finished the record and we were figuring out how to sequence it i was like "should we just get rid of this song altogether? cause there's only room for ten and we recorded twelve" and sara was like "i think we should open the record with it." and um i only have one thing to say about that, but like "do you think we should play it tonight or should we just get rid of it altogether, what do you think?" #15b. That Girl 8.58 HIGH: 10.00 x 7 @constantino @eccentricsimply @Ferk @LA Hallucinations @LE0Night @Remorque @Slice of Life LOW: 6.50 x 2 @2014 @send photo MY SCORE: 8.00 ALBUM: Love You To Death WRITER: Tegan "When I was writing this record, I was dating someone. So when I had dinner the other night, a friend asked, “Is that person weirded out that you wrote all those songs and then you guys broke up?” But I didn’t write about my current situation. I don’t want to be that person who writes about my relationships anymore, but I can write about my relationship to relationships. So with “That Girl,” it was awkward because I was dating someone but then I took two months to go to Palm Springs and write the bulk of this record. I really struggled with that song because it’s dark. It’s me writing about being treated a certain way and accepting that and, therefore, being okay with treating people a certain way. It’s hard at the end of a beautiful day in Palm Springs to be with person you’re dating at cocktail hour, and you’re like, “Oh, would you like to hear this incredibly dark song about me not putting up with bullshit?” It’s a downer. They’re like, “Cool song!” but you can tell they’re thinking, Is that about me? No, it’s about me and how shitty I am in relationships. Yaaay, enjoy your time here! And it was all Sara who got the song recorded and got it to open the album." That Girl is a prime example of what Tegan meant when she described Love You To Death as an introspective pop album. Instead of focusing solely on what the other person did wrong in their relationship, Tegan takes the next step and starts to examine her own contributions and shortcomings. We've probably all had those moments of looking in the mirror and asking when we became that girl/boy; I mean my mom clocked me looking in the mirror today trying to figure out if I looked thinner, but I digress. I always thought this was a bit of a strange opener to Love You To Death but it all makes sense now that I know Sara suggested it. In a way it reminds me of opening The Con with I Was Married; both ultimately connect with the theme of the album but can also sound like a bit of a musical non-sequitur. Confession time: this is my lowest score on Love You To Death and I would've happily said goodbye to it like twenty places ago. @Petty Mayonnaise (8.5) exposes our ladies man hating ways: "Bop, but what I really want is one last SUPER explosive chorus right where it ends. Like, that’s where it feels like it’s going so it’s a big of a musical blue balls expedition when it doesn’t happen." @digitalkaiser (8) uses a good adjective: "I love how much this song glitters, some great lyrics, and that wonderful bit where the music drops out and their voices are crystal clear. Its fabulous!" It does kinda sound glittery! @constantino (10) uses a different g word: "This is probably the biggest grower on the entire album…which is odd in hindsight because the hooks/the overall appeal aren’t exactly discreet. I adore the glistening production, it’s so crisp and clean. Every time I listen to this I think of this gif:" me @send photo @Posh Spears (7) you have nothing to apologize about: "Maybe a 7 was a point too low for this but it confused me as an album opener and, you know, the whole album can’t be 10s. But this is a total grower, and the lyric “nobody hurts you like me” is one of my favorites on the album." I'd probably bump it down to a 7.5 if I had to lower a score on Love You To Death. @Jwentz (7) is still doing Prince rate promo: "The minimalistic backing synths remind me a bit of I Would Die 4 U." Some of you might rejoice in stingy @eccentricsimply (10) taking another loss: "This is one of the best album starter songs of all times honestly. The piano with their vocals at first building up to how fun the song becomes afterwards is everything." @Ferk (10) is an equal opportunity relator: ""No one hurts you like me...when did I become that girl?" I'm a guy but this song really hits me hard...the whole "Love You To Death" album really came out at the perfect time in my life. It's one of the albums closest to my heart this year and this song is one of the reasons why." While @Slice of Life (10) uses some... interesting imagery: "I love how the production is so severe like it's attacking me violently. It perfectly captures the song. What a perfect start to an album."