Itâ€™s hard to believe that Sloan have been cranking out power pop hallmarks for two decades. And with the recent coups by Canadian bands â€“ the least of which is not Arcade Fireâ€™s recent Album of the Year Grammy â€“ itâ€™s equally hard to recall a time when albums like Twice Removed and One Chord to Another were the unabashed best rock albums coming out of Canada. But that indeed was the case.
Fast forward to the late 00â€™s and Sloan were undoubtedly producing some of the best songs of their career. The bandâ€™s epic 30-song opus Never Hear the End of It marked a new level of success and notoriety for the Halifax, Nova Scotia quartet, with the album being favorably compared to The Beatlesâ€™ Abbey Road by the Wall Street Journal and with SPIN Magazine bestowing it with four stars and lauding it as, â€œthe best British Invasion best-of youâ€™ve never heard.â€ Parallel Play followed strong soon after garnering praise from Pitchfork: â€œalmost flawless,â€ and All Music Guideâ€ â€œÂ«Â«Â«Â«Â«.â€
The Double Cross (May 10, 2011 via Yep Roc Records), a titular shout-out to the bandâ€™s 20th (or XX) anniversary, kicks off as awesome as universal healthcare with album-opener â€œFollow the Leaderâ€ and the sure-fire sync license riffage of â€œUnkind.â€ The bandâ€™s unique four-songwriter approach remains very much intact here, with every member contributing stellar songs.
Band member Jay Ferguson comments, â€œI think every band always says of their latest LP, â€˜it’s our best yet!â€™ or perhaps â€˜it’s our greatest work since Exile on Main St.â€™, and then you hear it and you say to yourself, ‘hmm, well, not quite, guys’. Hopefully I’m not joining those ranks, but for this our 10th album, I personally feel it’s up there with my favorites of ours. Short and sweet with unexpected turns down different paths.â€
In addition to releasing one of their best albums to date, the band will be celebrating all year long with special shows, an exclusive one-of-a-kind album artwork series and much more. So raise your glasses to Jay, Patrick, Chris, Andrew and 20 years of Sloan. Hereâ€™s to 20 more!
US tour dates coming soon. Keep an eye on www.yeproc.com for detailsâ€¦
1. Follow the Leader
2. The Answer Was You
4. Shadow of Love
5. She’s Slowing Down Again
6. Green Gardens, Cold Montreal
7. It’s Plain to See
8. Your Daddy Will Do
9. I’ve Gotta Know
10. Beverly Terrace
12. Laying So Low