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Editors’ Notes

Sloan, one of Canada’s finest groups for the past twenty years, is back with their tenth album, the quick and concise The Double Cross, where the band shows its knack for a pop hook is second to none. Bassist Chris Murphy’s “Follow the Leader” kicks things off with a sound in perfect league with Squeeze. Guitarist Jay Ferguson’s “The Answer Was You” comes creeping with its Mellotron chasing the tight-knit harmonies. Lead guitarist Patrick Petland throws in the sliced and diced power pop of “Unkind.” Even drummer Andrew Scott contributes two tracks, including the bristling shuffle of “Traces.” With four songwriters in the group and talented vocalists all around, Sloan can pull off anything they desire. Power- pop and psychedelia, however, are their preferred interests and “Your Daddy Will Do” explores another way the Beach Boys could have taken their post Pet Sounds material. The sweet ballad “Green Gardens, Cold Montreal” is further proof of just how great this band can be.

Customer Reviews

Sloan: retro-rocking into my heart and soul

Sloan's latest album is a collection of gems; each song has something distinctive to offer the listener. This is not a double-cross, Sloan are not short-changing their fans and followers. They show their influences with pride and are not afraid to take lyrical risks, lots to discover, ponder and enjoy. Thanks for the new memories lads!

Chartattack 5/5 Review!!!

This is 33 minutes of pop perfection. The Double Cross is flawless.

Sloan have succeeded here because they've finally stopped trying to be Sloan, or whatever people think they want Sloan to sound like these days.Opener "Follow The Leader" flirts shamelessly with New Pornographers song construction. The quartet channel The Rolling Stones on "She's Slowing Down Again." "Your Daddy Will Do" is a nod to The Beatles. "Green Gardens, Cold Montreal" — probably the least Sloan-ish song on the album and also one of the best they've ever recorded — visits dreamy, Peter Sarstedt folk. There's even a touch of MGMT psychedelia in the mix as the album winds to a close.

There are hints of so many bands from so many eras in The Double Cross — add the Joel Plaskett Emergency, The Sadies, The Band and The Jayhawks to the list — that it's impossible to pin down any one all-encompassing influence, other than to say the entire album is infused with a general Britishness. This is all kinda shocking. These guys shouldn't have an album this good left in them after 20 years.

Sloan - great hooks, tons o' satisfying ear candy

I always look forward to a Sloan release. Lots of tasty hooks and great melodic lines in this CD, much of the masterful Sloan powerpop machinery is in place here.

From the first listen, you know this one has promise.. and after repeated listens over the last 24 hours, this Sloan release will be getting a lot of airplay on my speakers through this summer.

A very solid Sloan album.. if you're a long standing Sloan fan you will love this record. If you are new to this Canadian institution, jump on board the bandwagon!

Looking forward to seeing this performed live here in a couple of weeks!

Biography

Formed: 1991 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Sloan were one of the most successful Canadian bands of the '90s, which was both a blessing and a curse. While they were well known in their homeland, where their Beatlesque power pop became a radio staple, they had a difficult time breaking into the American market, especially after their label, DGC, decided not to market their hooky pop in the wake of grunge. After spending several years fighting the label, and nearly breaking up, Sloan re-emerged in 1996 with One Chord to Another, a record that...
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