This sounds like a band at the top of its game, and the album sounds like they sit down for 35:00, blow their way through a set, and have a blast. In the age of MP3's, they manage put out a cohesive set of songs that works best in one sitting. Not only is that a rare feat, it is even rarer that a group 20 years into their career can put out an album that I would recommend as a starting point. Listen to "The Answer Was You," which is probably my favorite song of Sloan's since 1995, it is one of the best of 2011. If you like it, I envy you, because you have just discovered a band that is 10 albums into a fantastic career and shows no signs of stopping.