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|1. Gimme That|
|2. Live On|
|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|
2003 Full Length from the Acclaimed Canadian Band.
Top Customer Reviews
Yes, there are some highlights. "The Rest Of My Life" ("I think that I'll be living it in Canada") is a great song. It's overplayed now but it's still a great song. Jay's "False Alarm" is bright, poppy and good.
But then you get songs like "Backstabbin'" which sounds like it's based on an old rejected Kiss riff or something. (It's not, but I recognize this riff from somewhere, it's definitely not an original idea.) Same with "Nothing Lasts Forever". Good song, a little plodding, but I know I have heard this idea elsewhere, it is tremendously familiar and no amount of production values will make this song sound original. (To me, it kind of sounds like an old David Lee Roth song from his first album.)
Patrick's "Hollow Head" rocks with some spark to it and doesn't sound derivative, the verses really shimmer although it's not a perfect song, it does stumble from time to time. Chris' "Ready For You" sounds like it's based on a rejected AC/DC riff while the chorus is pure pop metal circa 1984. Patrick's "I Was Wrong" glows with a relentless shiny drive, and is one of the better songs on the album, although the riff is painfully simple and sounds like something a kid uses to practice.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
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
Sloan is my favourite Canadian band of all time...which makes me sad to say I don't really care for this record. Read morePublished on Aug. 20 2006 by Craig
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
...but still a lot better than other rock/power pop albums around.
I'm mixed about Action Pact. Read more
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 morePublished on Jan. 26 2004 by Matthew Poi
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. Read morePublished on Jan. 20 2004 by George a Pletz
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 morePublished on Dec 7 2003
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 morePublished on Oct. 14 2003