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Action Pact

Sloan Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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1. Gimme That
2. Live On
3. Backstabbin'
4. Rest Of My Life
5. False Alarm
6. Nothing Lasts Forever Anymore
7. Hollow Head
8. Ready For You
9. I Was Wrong
10. Who Loves Life More?
11. Reach Out
12. Fade Away

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2003 Full Length from the Acclaimed Canadian Band.

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Sloan ~ Action Pact

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5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly their best (which is saying a lot!) July 14 2004
Format:Audio CD
Yeah, that's like saying what's the best Beatles album? This release is a top notch group effort. This slab was produced by Tom Rothrock and he did a masterful job. Since all 4 members of Sloan write songs, putting a release together previously would include a democratic process in song selection. This time however, Rothrock had the band work as a team, and now there's a consistency that had clearly been missing. And yet, it certainly doesn't feel 'overproduced,' just focused. The Canucks' last release was a bit of a downer, but this one makes up for it in a big way. Of the group's 7 studio albums, this ranks very highly with me. I find it has an amazing repeat listenability factor. If someone asked me to recommend a Sloan disc as an introduction to the band, it would be a toss-up between AP and OCTA. Both are masterpieces. OCTA is more rockin', but AP rocks too and its maturity is refreshing. It's hard for a band to grow musically and still appeal to their core fans. I think this band does it gracefully. And like every Sloan release, it contains Hooks A Plenty!
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5.0 out of 5 stars FIVE is just not enough! July 12 2004
Format:Audio CD
I lean towards the British bands such as the Verve, Coldplay, Embrace, the bluetones, Dodgy (look into them if you haven't), the stills, Keane, the Delays (another to check out), HOWEVER, these boys from Canada rival the best of the best. Pick your time, your era, your style, Sloans latest is at the top.
14 tracks, and not one should have been left out. The only downside is that it all closes out at just under 45 mins. (including the bonus track).
I hate comparisons and analogies, but if I must compare (in order to help the feeble minded), then try to imagine Cheap Trick, crossed with classic Kiss and Styx. Now, add to the blender the Beach boys, and the Cosmic Rough Riders. Pour that back into the shaker but add a splash of the Waxwings and dash of Nada Surf (by the way, all of the above mentioned bands are worthy of a good listen, especially Cosmic rough Riders (out of Scotland), the Waxwings, and nadasurf!.
Bottom line, the hooks are epic, the tunes are classic, and the voices and harmonies are top notch. The song-writing and musicianship are bangin'. Do yourself a favor, Trust STEVE and Buy this record.
As for the stand out tracks, NOPE, see for yourself that they all deserve the hype that many rock mags are giving them.
Enjoy! Steve
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pitchforkmedia Review; 6.9 out of 10.0 Feb. 2 2004
Format:Audio CD
Sloan have been conquering power pop for over a decade now with an incalculable and possibly illicit debt to every great glam, punk, and hard rock band of the 1970s. The songs are irreproachably written and rhapsodically performed, and yet they remain incarcerated within the shackles of influence. It's not even as clear-cut as a derivative band churning out songs not up to par with the icons they emulate; on past albums, Sloan has written better songs than anything The Rolling Stones have put out in 20 years. It's nothing more nor less than comfort food: virile riffs, clunking drums, four-part harmonies, and disparate songs with lyrics that range from the exhaustive task of getting a girl to love you to the exhaustive task of getting a girl to love you for a slightly longer period of time. As anyone who's ever lived through a reality I like to call "perpetual pain and torture" knows, comfort food is often valuable, even necessary.
There are a lot of accolades to shower upon a band that masters such difficult terrain. Sloan has effectively perfected Pitchfork's "7.0" ranking starting with 1994's Twice Removed and continuing to the present. If one were grading the band's ability to sound like "7.0" rankings, they would receive a "10.0" with honors-- a quintessentially inessential band. They're always five or six feet from greatness, which is probably close enough for all but those with preternatural musicality or, alternatively, blindness.
Vastly unsurprisingly, Action Pact does nothing to develop or modify the plan of attack.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sloan is Dead? Long Live Sloan! Jan. 20 2004
Format:Audio CD
It seems to me that Sloan is listening to their fanbase with this one. I don't have Pretty Together due to the collective sigh issued by reviewers everywhere. Between The Bridges was so good, I didn't want to have my buzz ruined. So Sloan must have heard. Dropping the keyboards and punching up the guitars and the tempos, Sloan delivers a more hard nosed sound. But the advances in songwriting made over the years have been not jettisoned. Sure, "Backstabbin'" is some big dumb rock but they have never denied their taste for these moments. But then again a song like "Who Loves Life More?" somehow invokes Brian Eno in its harmonies.Their taste for the 80s is subtly mixed with the 60s and 70s throughout. What you get are those tight harmonies delivering thoughtful lyrics over some really tight rock riffs and grooves. The mood is downcast overall but never at the expense of some really driving pop/rock that is opposed to the prevalent adolescent mope you find coming from most quarters. While clearly embracing the emotive rush of youth, Action Pact is made by adults who like to rock. So if you have problems with four grown men holding onto the redemptive powers of two guitars, bass, and drums, clear out. And with time, this album sinks its teeth in and hangs on. It simply supercedes any rock hang-up I have and says this is real. It is all about leaving any critical sawhorse behind and getting swept up in the moment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars this album rocks
If you've already got a favourite Sloan album this one won't replace it, but if it's your first Sloan album it'll be your favourite.
Published on Nov. 24 2011 by Onionrings
3.0 out of 5 stars Rocks hard, but uneven and tired sounding
The opener, "Gimme That", was enought to make me say, "YES!" Sloan are back, Sloan are rocking it, kicking it, harmonies intact. Read more
Published on May 16 2011 by LeBrain
3.0 out of 5 stars Probably their worst....but still decent
Sloan is my favourite Canadian band of all time...which makes me sad to say I don't really care for this record. Read more
Published on Aug. 20 2006 by Craig
4.0 out of 5 stars a really solid album...perhaps my fav by Sloan!
I found most of these reviews to be a little too long winded and analytical.
For those familiar with Sloan, this album is a bit of a departure into a truer rock 'n roll... Read more
Published on Feb. 2 2006 by R. J. Plante
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best.....
...but still a lot better than other rock/power pop albums around.
I'm mixed about Action Pact. Read more
Published on April 29 2004 by "redstonerocks"
5.0 out of 5 stars Just don't buy there other albums....
I had not heard of Sloan, till I found this cd at a listening station. I felt it rocked enough to buy it for $23 or so, and I was right. Read more
Published on Jan. 26 2004 by Matthew Poi
2.0 out of 5 stars Hmmmm
As a US fan, I was certainly irritated that this was not released in the US and that I had to pay $23 for it as an import. Read more
Published on Dec 7 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Yeah
Action Pact has all the flash, fancy guitar work, and thrilling harmony you'd expect from Sloan. The pure Sloan genius of Gimme That, I Was Wrong, and False Alarm live here... Read more
Published on Oct. 14 2003 by "tissuetiger"
5.0 out of 5 stars Sloan- Best band since The Beatles
Action pact definately says the write words for this album, as this album is filled with some of the best songs produced. Read more
Published on Oct. 11 2003 by "mattshellder"
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