Although Tegan & Sara are now twenty years into their career, I seem to have unintentionally bypassed their music in its entirety. This changed with the release of Love You to Death, after noticing a flurry of blogosphere excitement and countless recommendations from people in the physical and virtual worlds. With little to no knowledge, and more crucially expectation, I began the 31-minute long player and by the end of its ten-track run-length, I loved it, suitably, to death.

Greg Kurstin is at the helm of this ship destined for pop island and his impression is notable on the cheerful, buoyant opener 'That Girl' - a polished exterior and brisk pace almost distract from the embittering narrative underneath. The accessibility of the songwriting here is extraordinary, 'Dying To Know' is instantly relatable for anybody who has been jilted and becomes instantaneously recognisable with its irrepressibly infectious hook.

LYTD's style and structure works in a similar way to Taylor Swift's 1989, indisputably the finest pop record of 2014. No track lingers too long yet after three minutes of 'Faint of Heart' or 'Dying to Know' you will have their simplistic, smart choral hooks firmly implanted in your subconscious. The former has a universality drawing attention to momentous percussive elements, uniting the discarded and deserted in a stirring torch song.

Born from the cold Calgary climate there is an undeniable Scandinavian tone to this album as the likeable duo channel pop majesty Robyn on 'Stop Desire', while 'White Knuckles' feels as though it has been lifted directly from Say Lou Lou's immaculate 2015 debut Lucid Dreaming. The shimmering piano keys and regimented delivery of 'Hang on to the Night' evokes thoughts of The Knife as we are treated to a final outpouring of emotional expression through self-evaluating lyricism.

Although this year has gifted us some of the finest power pop of the decade so far ('Into You', 'Real Love', 'What's It Gonna Be?') Tegan & Sara have two worthy contenders to trump the competition. In an album of radiating pop, track three and nine dazzle the brightest. 'Boyfriend' is immediate, '80s synth opener and a sanguine delivery despite the complex, frustrating subject matter. 'U-Turn' has an insatiable groove, a bubbling undertone that has a swagger reminiscent of Prince's 'Sign O The Times' before its chorus opens into pure, traditional power pop that could unnerve the Swifts and Perrys of the world.

As a complete novice to the subject of Tegan & Sara, yet one well acquainted with the genre of pop, I firmly believe the Quin sisters have crafted one of the finest, most concise collection of synth-pop of 2016. At just over half an hour in length, this is a stunning song suite of positivity that leaves you yearning for thirty more equally superb minutes.