31. Dez. 2011, 19:16 von walsgrave
1. Jun. 2011, 3:40 von heyadamoFri 27 May – Sloan
If they say one dog year equals seven human years, imagine how many human years you could equate to one year of rock'n'roll time. Genres come into fashion and flame out seemingly just as quickly; music scenes spring up like dandelions and multiply overnight until the tastemakers-the-be anoint the next new hot sound. It's pretty easy to see how so many bands and artists end up becoming dust and debris, grist to the music industry's mill.
So having the Canadian pop/rock quartet Sloan celebrating their 20th year of existence is no mean feat. Factor in their enduring popularity and their unique band chemistry (juggling 4 members with just as many active and prolific songwriters) and you can forgive the boys for puffling out their collective chests at entering their 3rd decade. They call their 10th and most recent album The Double Cross, a roman numeric reference to the big 20 (XX) that also served as a modest backdrop to their tour.
14. Mai. 2011, 1:48 von chrismxdSo I pre-ordered the new Sloan album a month or so ago. I had been seeing the advertisements on youtube-just short vignettes, sort of along the same vain that had been put out around the time of "Never Hear the End of It". The disk came in Wednesday (signed by all 4 members!). Sloan has always been, in my opinion, their own genre of rock. It's not punk, but it is punk. It's not pop, but it is pop! It's not Iggy Pop, but it is Iggy Pop! (With better production values)....Alright a bit of a tangent there.
Consider "One Chord to Another" in 96'. It was such a gutsy album in those days-of the new and clean recording sound wave. The production was a massive throwback to mid-to late 60's Beatles. Listen to A Sides Win (off of the album in question). You can HEAR the pedal creek. The whole feel is pure, authentic, beat driven rock. The Double Cross is a total throwback to that album. In this case, the production has been tightened-but not for the worse! It's clean, but it's raw. …
21. Apr. 2011, 0:22 von Quartertonality(Originally appeared on my blog:http://quartertonality.com/2011/04/20/album-review-sloan-the-double-cross/ )
Halifax natives Sloan are celebrating their 20th year as a band with an album full of hook laden power pop perfection. As usual the album title serves as a double meaning. Double cross meaning 2 xs, the Roman numeral for twenty, or perhaps it’s a reference to something more disquieting? It’s the former, not the latter.
It seems that every time one reads about Sloan it’s the same thing: something along the lines of “4 songwriters with distinctive voices and styles”. That is usually followed by a reference to The Beatles, such as the “Canadian Fab 4″ or some such nonsense.
It really is a shame that Sloan is not more popular in the U.S. I feel that their albums are strong, for the most part, and nobody anywhere can write a song as good as these guys. I’m not saying that being popular in the United States would mean that they have finally “made it”. I’m just saying that they deserve a worldwide audience and if the U. …