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Product Details

  • Audio CD (Aug. 19 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Canada Inc.
  • ASIN: B0000B17RD
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,412 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

Product Description

2003 Full Length from the Acclaimed Canadian Band.

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars

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By LeBrain HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 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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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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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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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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