Augusten Burroughs writes funny and sad and often devastating books. Tegan & Sara write catchy-ass songs. Maybe sometime’s they’re sorta sad. Tegan Quin recorded “His Love” sans Sara, and she does a good job. (Just like Sara did a fine job by her lonesome when she covered R.E.M. for our Drive XV project.) Here, Tegan maintains an understated, almost early Olympia-style bedroom-pop sensibility. Except when she layers the vocals and piano and doesn’t. She wrote the track especially for the audiobook for Burroughs’ new memoir A Wolf At The Table, which focuses on his relationship with his pops. If you’ve read Running With Scissors, you’ll have an idea of what to expect. Which might give you some insight into “His Love”’s angle.

Tegan’s is one of four songs written especially for the audiobook, which Burroughs himself is narrating. You can hear this one as well as the others — Patti Smith, Grey’s Anatomy rocker Ingrid Michaelson, and Sea Wolf — streaming at Augusten’s site.

A Wolf At The Table audiobook is out 4/29 via Macmillan Audio.

Comments (14)
  1. Hmm, it’s not too shabby, but i still love the chemistry that tegan and sara have together better.
    let’s hope they don’t each try to put out solo albums though. that’s usually never works out well.

  2. Shelley  |   Posted on Apr 23rd, 2008 0

    Sounds like a teenager experimenting with a tricked-out Casio keyboard.

  3. James  |   Posted on Apr 23rd, 2008 0

    Sounds great.

  4. Sally  |   Posted on Apr 23rd, 2008 0

    Hmm. At first I wasn’t sure, but it really grows on you! Excellent.

  5. LF8  |   Posted on Apr 23rd, 2008 0

    I second Sally’s motion. that is a seriously good quality track. Makes me excited for the sequel to The Con.

  6. jackieboy  |   Posted on Apr 23rd, 2008 0

    i wonder if they’ll go the way Outkast on the next record and make 2 solo albums…

    • Shane  |   Posted on Apr 25th, 2008 0

      Well, seeing as Tegan and Sara actually write completely separately and usually don’t even sing on each other’s songs on the recordings (only in concert) this isn’t really that different…. they do give each other feedback and collaborate occasionally, but they each write and sing half the songs on each album… so I doubt they would make two separate albums since they already do a lot of it separately.

  7. Fatwa Bettelloh  |   Posted on Apr 24th, 2008 0

    This sounds amazing with headphones. Can’t wait to make the audiobook mine mine mine!!!!

  8. Fatwa Bettelloh  |   Posted on Apr 24th, 2008 0

    sounds sooooo good on headphones…that audiobook is mine mine mine!

  9. Shinanagan  |   Posted on Apr 26th, 2008 0

    This song is awesome and if you really think about it Tegan and Sara are both solo artist’s anyway and they collaborate for the end result and live shows.

  10. Shinanagan  |   Posted on Apr 26th, 2008 0

    This song is awesome and if you really think about it Tegan and Sara are both solo artist’s anyway and they collaborate for the end result and live shows.

  11. Awesome Possum  |   Posted on Apr 27th, 2008 0

    They both write their songs individually and then record them. They don’t work together during the writing process. Sara usually sings on Tegan’s songs, but Tegan rarely sings much more that backup for Sara’s. I don’t think we have solo albums to worry about.

    This song makes me thing of I’ll Take All The Blame. I think it’s a lot like a lot of Tegan’s other songs; deep and thought provoking. She puts her music together so well.

  12. tegan lover  |   Posted on Dec 13th, 2008 0

    this song is a very good song. it has a great flow to it and the beats in it are very out of the ordinary for tegan and saras songs but it goes good with this one i cant wait for tegan and saras new album to come out i hope they dont go solo. it just wont be the same. i hope tegan and sara tour in austin again i would love to hear there new music live

  13. Great song. Sooo beautiful when she plays it live acoustically, but I like this version too.

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