The Con X: Covers

The Con X: Covers


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To mark the ten-year anniversary of their 2007 breakthrough album The Con, Canadian sister duo Tegan and Sara conceived a companion set in which they would ask various artists to record cover versions of songs from the album. Beyond acting as a celebration of a career-defining release, The Con X: Covers arrives with an altruistic intent befitting the original LP's themes of emotional strife and self-discovery. A fundraiser for their own Tegan and Sara Foundation, the album's proceeds will benefit women and girls in the LGBTQ community for which the sisters have long been outspoken advocates. Additionally, it was their intent that each contribution come from another artist who either publicly supports or identifies as LGBTQ. The result is essentially a self-prescribed tribute album with admirable motives that plays with the usual bumpy sequencing of multi-artist/multi-genre compilations. Some interpretations work better than others, though the spirit of the original release seems to be honored throughout. Paramore's Hayley Williams turns rocker "Nineteen" on its head with a pleasantly subdued dream pop version, while Ryan Adams heaps extra layers of rock intensity to "Back in Your Head," coming off like a manic Lindsey Buckingham. Overall, it's an intriguing listen with some star power and enough high points to please fans of Tegan and Sara's original LP.

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Product Details

Release Date: 10/20/2017
Label: Warner Records
UPC: 0093624910381
catalogNumber: 563575
Rank: 169059


  1. I Was Married
  2. Relief Next to Me
  3. The Con
  4. Knife Going In
  5. Are You Ten Years Ago
  6. Back in Your Head
  7. Hop a Plane
  8. Soil, Soil
  9. Burn Your Life Down
  10. Nineteen
  11. Floorplan
  12. Like O, Like H
  13. Dark Come Soon
  14. Call It Off

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Matt Kelly   Piano,Vocals,Pump Organ
Liz Phair   Vocals
Don Was   Bass
Ryan Adams   Synthesizer,Guitar,Vocals
Dallas Green   Guitar,Vocals
Iain Cook   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Hayley Williams   Keyboards,Vocals
Charlie Stavish   Synthesizer
Hana Pestle   Guitar
Evan Smith   Saxophone,Background Vocals
Martin Doherty   Guitar,Keyboards
Marshall Vore   Percussion,Drums
Luke Saunders   Synthesizer
Mykki Blanco   Vocals
Lauren Mayberry   Vocals
Shura   Synthesizer,Vocals
Shamir Bailey   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Vocals
Naomi McPherson   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar
Katie Gavin   Vocals
Josette Maskin   Guitar
Ruth Berhe   Keyboards,Vocals

Technical Credits

Ryan Adams   Producer
Taylor York   Producer,Instrumentation
Tegan Quin   Composer,Executive Producer
Sara Quin   Composer,Executive Producer
Dallas Green   Producer
Jack Antonoff   Producer
Iain Cook   Programming
Karl Bareham   Engineer
Sara Bareilles   Producer,Engineer
Charlie Stavish   Producer
Doug Organ   Engineer
Hana Pestle   Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Martin Doherty   Programming
Laura Sisk   Engineer
Claire Boucher   Engineer
Lyndsey Gunnulfsen   Producer,Instrumentation
Luke Saunders   Programming,Engineer,Additional Production
Chvrches   Producer
Kelly Lee Owens   Arranger,Producer
Shura   Programming,Producer
Anthony Reeder   Producer
Shamir Bailey   Producer,drum programming
Jeremiah Meece   Producer
Naomi McPherson   Programming
Katie Gavin   Programming
MUNA   Producer

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