Release date
27 Oct 2009
Running length
13 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Arrow 3:06 90,880
2 Don’t Rush 2:44 43
3 Hell 3:24 117,124
4 On Directing 2:44 87,957
5 Red Belt 2:09 82,154
6 The Cure 3:22 85,792
7 Northshore 2:03 85,757
8 Night Watch 2:31 77,124
9 Alligator 2:40 103,217
10 Paperback Head 2:37 74,598
11 The Ocean 3:05 84,093
12 Sentimental Tune 3:20 74,538
13 Someday 2:55 72,044

About this album

Sainthood is Tegan and Sara’s sixth full-length studio album, released on 27 October 2009.
This is the first album by Tegan and Sara to feature a song co-written by the pair, as they usually choose to write separately. However, it was not written while Tegan and Sara stayed together in New Orleans as an attempt to write together. No songs from that time made it on to the album, although one such song lends its title to that of the record. The song was inspired by a Leonard Cohen lyric. The record also includes co-written songs from Tegan’s side project with Hunter Burgan, bassist of AFI.

The album is described as such:

Tegan and Sara’s sixth studio album – Sainthood – addresses secular themes of devotion, delusion, and exemplary behavior in the pursuit of love and relationships. Inspired by emotional longing and the quiet actions we hope may be noticed by the objects of our affection, Sainthood is about obsession with romantic ideals. In the service of relationships we practice being perfect. We practice our sainthood in the hope that we will be rewarded with adoration. As we are driven to become anything for someone else, we sometimes become martyrs for our cause. Love, like faith, can never be held in an individual’s hands. But the story of a great love affair – especially one that is unrequited or has ended too soon – can be woven like scripture or a bedtime story. And so the themes of Sainthood are tied together by this simple title, borrowed, with great respect, from the lyrics of the Leonard Cohen song “Came So Far For Beauty:” I practiced all my sainthood / I gave to one and all / But the rumours of my virtue / They moved her not at all

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  • inthesameroom

    Their best album.

    22 Feb 1:44am Reply
  • fox1der

    The Cure. The Ocean. The songs. [2]

    24 Dec 2013 Reply
  • alin1

    Sainthood is their best album so far.

    27 Dec 2012 Reply
  • yoemes

    Very nice album :)

    30 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Gowienczyk

    more like sad

    18 Feb 2012 Reply
  • KeIemvor

    It's funny cause I like the bonus tracks more than the actual album.

    5 Dec 2011 Reply
  • BlueVogue

    The best T&S album :D

    14 Oct 2011 Reply
  • BurningFortress

    PERFECT... Every song sticks in your head. Love it!

    16 Mar 2011 Reply
  • sc0ttmst

    NoahIsCool's favorite T&S album

    17 Feb 2011 Reply
  • NoahIsCool

    My favorite T&S album

    22 Dec 2010 Reply
  • sunnystream

    The Cure. The Ocean. The songs.

    17 Dec 2010 Reply
  • rewwr

    i've listened to 109 songs from this album :--D

    7 Sep 2010 Reply
  • boskijaro

    Hell, On Directing, The Cure, The Ocean - incredibly amazing songs, on of my favourite albums

    3 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Dylanquin

    Don't rush, hell, the cure and alligator are the best songs! <3

    7 Jul 2010 Reply
  • P_Machado

    muito bom.

    16 Feb 2010 Reply
  • himay333

    This one had to grow on me too, but many of those that have to grow on you are those you never tire of listening to... I think this one will fall into that catagory (On Directing might be my favorite T&S song ever).

    22 Jan 2010 Reply
  • ih8gorgonzola

    the last half of the album is what I normally think of as tegan and sara but the first half isn't that bad either

    16 Dec 2009 Reply
  • lrreplaceable_

    a quick grower, and one of the finest releases this year.

    30 Nov 2009 Reply
  • vassyz

    Hell, Arrow, Don't Rush, The Cure, The Ocean = awesome

    27 Nov 2009 Reply
  • z33r0th

    Really grows on you, didn't like it at all at first, but now I think it may be my favorite album of them :D

    22 Nov 2009 Reply
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