Tegan and Sara’s New Song “Closer”

I am a little atypically lukewarm on the new Tegan and Sara song, “Closer”, which consists only of the charming virtues of generic ’80s radio pop fare but too many heavy doses of all that decade’s misbegotten synthesizer excesses and generally synthetic cheesiness. If you didn’t tell me the decade and if I didn’t recognize Tegan and Sara’s voices, I would completely believe this was an almost thirty year old song. After being obsessively in love with every moment of their most recent two albums before this (The Con and Sainthood, I am now a little worried about what to expect from the new album. But I feel a little bit better though when I listen to the acoustic version, though even that is not fully able to overcome the chorus’s lyrical limitations.

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Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.