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Navy Blues

Sloan Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
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Within the first few cuts on their fifth release, Canada's Sloan again transcend the power-pop tag with a tune called "Iggy & Angus" that sounds more like "Itchycoo Park"-era Small Faces than either the Stooges or AC/DC, a Beach Boys-style epic ("Sinking Ships," which gives Navy Blues its title), and "She Says What She Means," a bazooka-rock stomper that recalls the best of Sweet. From those early highlights, the group continues its happily eclectic borrowing with a felicitous touch that puts the disc within shouting distance of plunderrific classics like Nick Lowe's Pure Pop for Now People and the Pooh Sticks's Great White Wonder. And their what-did-they-just-say? lyrics, which improve on the previous One Chord to Another's, push Navy Blues further into the realm of the gleefully subversive. --Rickey Wright

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Some tunes ... are as unabashedly Beatlesesque ... as anything put out by Badfinger, Squeeze, [or] Oasis.... -- People

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5.0 out of 5 stars What side of the Sloan street do you stand? April 3 2002
Format:Audio CD
If you are interested in Sloan and are looking for a body of work to try-out I would like to offer up "Navy Blues" as your inital outing. There are rabid Sloan fans out there who all fight tooth and nail over which Sloan album is the best. Some say "Twice Removed" which I rank as their 2nd best and some say "Between the Bridges" which I feel has little cohesion and ultimately fails as a "Long Player" which is also how I feel about their latest offering, "Pretty Together". That's why I feel so strongly towards this album. It works as a whole work where the sum parts smoothly create the whole. This is a buzzy late 70's California driving bubblegum fm radio album. From the very first guitar lick of "She Says What She Means" to the closing bars of "I'm Not Through With You Yet" this is feel good music at it's core. it has humor and heart and clever arrangements that homage it's inspirations and imbibes with originality. Track 1 is my absolute favorite mix cd track. I always get comments about that track. I don't know how true popularity eluded dear Sloan during the release of this album but it did. The world isn't ready for these prime time players. This is a strong album all in all but if I must highlight the standout tracks...
1. She Says What She Means
2. C'mon C'mon(We're Gonna Get It Started)
3. Iggy & Angus
6. Money City Maniacs
9. Stand By Me, Yea
12. I Wanna Thank You
I really love them all, but if you are looking for songs to sample...try these.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sloan at their very best !! Jan. 9 2001
Format:Audio CD
Sloan's "Between The Bridges" is probably their most immediate album but "Navy Blues" grows on you until you cannot help listening to it.It probably represents Sloan at their most rocking.The album opens with a real killer track "She says what she means" which contains a middle bridge which sound like a cross between Def Leppard and AC/DC.It really is one of the most heartstopping moments on the album.The second song "C'mon C'mon" is a lot more lighthearted but contains a tack piano reminiscent of 70's bands like Sailor."Iggy and Angus" is pure old fashioned rock a la Slade."Money City Maniacs" opens with a flurry of police sirens which set the scene for a frantic,heads-down rocker which is very catchy.The quality control rarely dips over the rest of the album either and there are numerous clever,catchy songs to follow. In all, this takes a while to get into but after a few repeated listens it becomes apparent that there are few bands who can match Sloan over this terrain.If brilliant guitar chops, marvellous harmonies and pop ingenue are what you are after,this is the place for you.My only advice is invest in a good quality CD player with a decent treble bass and crank up the volume if you want to do this wonderful piece of work any justice!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Most Underrated yet Inspired album of 1998 Dec 8 2000
Format:Audio CD
Navy Blues is a classic Canadian album fusing many styles together. This album almost depresses me because it has unrealized potential, especially in Britian. Fortuantely, for people who have heard Navy Blues, we are a privileged bunch.
The first single "Money City Maniacs" is a powerful song with a chorus that is catchier than the common cold and harder to cure. One listen and you will be hooked on Sloans sound. Another definite stadout track is the Beatles esque "C'mon, C'mon, were gonna get it started" which would have easily been a huge hit back in the sixties, yet Sloan is able to revive that sound and make it fresh. The second single "She says what she means" which also begins the album has an infectuous rock sound to it.
There are no stale tracks on Navy Blues. Some albums are only good for one or two songs, other albums are good all the way through because they are conceptual. Navy Blues can serve both voids. Make an investment on Navy Blues, and pump the stereo loud, and be proud you are one of the few who are priveliged enough to experience the most inspired band in Canada and beyond.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly infectious 70's rock block... Jan. 28 2000
Format:Audio CD
...that is, it REMINDS me of 70's music; I read somewhere that their previous album "One Chord to Another" evoked the 60's, and "Navy Blues" progressed to the 70's--OK supposition, I guess. All in all, it's good music no matter what time period it's placed in. Very catchy, singalong stuff which reminds me a lot of Sweet, but with more adventurous arrangements and a lot of different styles--I think they're willing to try most anything, and most of the time it works. Another plus is that I think all of the members write and sing, so you get this wonderful variety of tunes, from the foot-stompin' hand-clappin' ones like "She Says What She Means" and "Money City Maniacs" (having one of the dumbest refrains you'll ever mindlessly sing), to the lazily strummed "I'm Not Through With You Yet", to the gently grooving string arrangement of "I Wanna Thank You" (what a nice surprise--and it sounds great!). The lyrics are mainly a goof, but if it's poetry you want, visit a library...I can't fathom the hostile reviews submitted by mainly Canadians (ironically); if you don't hold at least a little affection for these ditties, you don't have much joy inside--either that, or I need to get "Twice Removed" so I can hate this disc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great classicist pop-rock
Those who love late 60s-early 70s pop-rock will totally dig this album.
Published on Oct. 2 2003 by Sean Mccausland
3.0 out of 5 stars Modern Beatles!
Everyone who is around when this cd is on says "is that the beatles?". This is an excellent cd by the canadian 4-some. Read more
Published on Dec 5 2001 by Caroline
5.0 out of 5 stars "Hey you! Come along for the ride..."
If John Lennon, Nick Lowe, Elliott Smith, and Keith Moon met along the space-time continuum and formed a Halifax-based pop-supergroup, it would sound an awful lot like Sloan. Read more
Published on Sept. 26 2000 by Mike Stone
1.0 out of 5 stars Sloan's dirty little secret(Navy nothing but Blue)
Everybody in the Canadian music press screams praises from the rooftops for these guys, but the Canadian public haven't jumped on the Sloan bandwagon in any real significant way,... Read more
Published on Dec 22 1999 by Wade Tomlin
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS ALBUM ROCKS!
There is a HUGE difference between derivative and inspired, and Sloan are totally inspired to write and record amazing records. Read more
Published on Dec 5 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! This is Wonderful How do they do these things??!!
This album is wonderful. It is a breath of fresh air, especially if you are burnt out on Guttural Gloom Goth Rock. The music is poignant and well done. Read more
Published on Oct. 20 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! This is Wonderful How do they do these thing??!!
This album is wonderful. It is a breath of fresh air, especially if you are burnt out on Guttural Gloom Goth Rock. The music is poignant and well done. Read more
Published on Oct. 20 1999
1.0 out of 5 stars "Money City Maniacs" aside, this is a horrible album!
Let's face it, there is nothing on this album that Sloan hasn't done before, and done better. "One Chord To Another" was (and is) an excellent album, but this is just the... Read more
Published on Aug. 27 1999 by Ben Rowland
5.0 out of 5 stars best canadian album ever
This is probably my pick for the best Canadian album ever. Instrumentally, these guys are miles ahead of most of their peers (I love Oasis, but can you imagine Liam playing drums,... Read more
Published on Aug. 13 1999
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