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Album Review

Having weathered the demise of its most recent American label, Sloan forges on, battered but unbroken and still delivering perfect pop records; Navy Blues might just be the band's best yet, with the sheer consistency of its infectious melodies, clever lyrics, and exuberant performances pushing the group toward new creative peaks. Moving away from the ornately Beatlesesque production of the previous One Chord to Another, the sound on Navy Blues is more down and dirty, indicating a heavy Big Star influence; a track like "Iggy & Angus" certainly isn't as raw as the homages implicit in its title would suggest, but its fuzzed-out guitars and lumbering drums are nevertheless emblematic of the sonic shifts that characterize the entire record. Truth be told, there's not a weak track here, but "C'mon C'mon (We're Gonna Get It Started)," "Keep On Thinkin,'" "Chester the Molester," and "I Wanna Thank You" all go above and beyond the call of duty, each undeniably catchy and instantly memorable.

Customer Reviews

Cornerstone of my collection

If you want a record that will have you singing along playing air guitar while you try and keep your car in your lane, this is it! On my top ten for several years, if I had bought it on cassete, it would by worn thin for sure. Sloan redefines rock keeping it clean and real with plenty of energy and massive talent. I wistfully await the day I catch them live - I hear they are phenomenal.

I miss Sloan

This is one of my favorite albums and I would recommend it to any soul alive. It is genius. Once upon a time I lived near Canada and got a steady diet of Sloan on the radio. Sadly, I have moved, and they are lost upon american corporate radio and I have found it difficult to keep up with their new releases. I also recommend going back to the smeared album and checking out the song underwhelmed. That is the song that first got me hooked on Sloan. Great band!

sing-a-long songs!

what can i say? great harmonies, excellent hooks, for example; money city maniacs iggy and angus chester the... these are great pop songs this is my favorite sloan album


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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