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Action Pact [Import]

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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4.0 out of 5 stars this album rocks Nov. 24 2011
Format:Audio CD
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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Rocks hard, but uneven and tired sounding May 16 2011
Format:Audio CD
The opener, "Gimme That", was enought to make me say, "YES!" Sloan are back, Sloan are rocking it, kicking it, harmonies intact. Glossy production being the new wrinkle, and fewer ballads are present. But the problem here is a case of seen it/done it all before. I think Pretty Together was a stinker of an album especially after Between The Bridges (my favourite). I think there must have been some pressure to do something more commercial, and Action Pact is definitely less quirky and more radio-ready. I guess that's why Jay and Andrew are barely on here.

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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Probably their worst....but still decent Aug. 20 2006
By Craig
Format:Audio CD
Sloan is my favourite Canadian band of all time...which makes me sad to say I don't really care for this record.

i think it was a simple case of bad production -- the record company going for wider popularity by making an album of similarly rocking tunes, guitar driven with power chords instead of the more melodic guitar work meshed with keyboards normally gracing most of their songs. Action Pact moved away from the variety normally found on a Sloan record. Jay has too few songs, and his ballads are sadly missing. Andrew wrote and sang nothing on the record, and it is worse for this.

I hope they realized the error of their ways, and the new record (out soon) will be a return to form. Based on what I've heard on their MYSPACE site, the new record will be great.

All this said, Sloan's worst is better than 99% of other bands' best...and they are a fantastic live band.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a really solid album...perhaps my fav by Sloan! Feb. 2 2006
Format:Audio CD
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 vein. The album is very guitar driven; reminiscent of AC/DC on many of the rockers. In many ways it is a progression, albiet in a different direction, of "Pretty Together" in the sound and songwriting. A solid addition to the Sloan catalogue!!
Now, for those not up on Sloan, personally, I found this disc to be a super catchy album right from the first listen. Too many tracks to mention stand out(The Rest of My Life, Hollow Head, Nothing Lasts ..., Who Loves Life ..., etc.). There are many up tempo "rockers" if you will, none of which are hard on the ears. How this band eludes greater success is beyond me, but alas!
PICK IT UP! A solid addition to any cd collection!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly their best (which is saying a lot!) July 15 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 Not the best.....
...but still a lot better than other rock/power pop albums around.
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Published on April 29 2004 by "redstonerocks"
3.0 out of 5 stars Pitchforkmedia Review; 6.9 out of 10.0
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. Read more
Published on Feb. 2 2004 by treblekicker
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Sloan is Dead? Long Live Sloan!
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 more
Published on Jan. 20 2004 by George a Pletz
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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