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4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (May 10 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Yep Roc Records
  • ASIN: B004TBY1YC
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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Following their most critically-acclaimed albums to date, -- SPIN called Never Hear the End of It, "the best British Invasion best-of you've never heard," and Pitchfork called Parallel Play "almost flawless" - Canadian pop iconoclasts Sloan are ready to celebrate. Their recent albums would be reason enough but 2011 marks the twentieth anniversary of the band, and how better to honor such an occasion than a brand new album prolific with power pop gems? Sloan delivers just that with their 10th album The Double Cross, a titular shout-out to the band's 20th (or XX) anniversary. The album kicks off as awesome as universal healthcare with "Follow the Leader" and the sure-fire sync license riffage of "Unkind." In addition to releasing one of their best albums to date, the band will be celebrating all year long with special shows, an exclusive one-of-a-kind album artwork series and much more. So raise your glasses to Jay, Patrick, Chris, Andrew and 20 years of Sloan. Here's to 20 more!

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By LeBrain HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on May 11 2011
Format: Audio CD
I may be reviewing this album a tad prematurely, but I was stuck in traffic for over an hour today and played the album twice on my way home from work. Therefore, I feel like like it's all fresh in my mind, so let's get on with it!

Some biographical background: I once considered myself a huge Sloan fan and I bought all the Japanese imports and vinyl that I could find. I loved Betweem The Bridges, but I haven't loved any Sloan albums since. Parallel Play has been the one I've liked the most since then, but I can't remember any of the songs distinctly. I liked the Hit & Run EP as well, but not enthralled.

I do like The Double Cross. I'm not in love with it yet, but I firmly like over half the album. I love two tracks: Chris' "Follow The Leader" and Patrick's "Unkind". Both are incredible songs. Both remind me of what made me go nuts for Sloan a long time ago. Both have really immediate choruses, but both also really capture a vibe. You'll know what I mean when you heard them.

I also quite like "Shadow Of Love" which sounds new wavy to me, like something Elvis Costello would have written. Little bit of moog on there. I also quite like Patrick's "I Gotta Know", a melodic punk-like rocker. Jay's "Beverly Terrace" is like a disco song, no kidding, and it's great. I also like Jay's "The Answer Was You". The closer "Laying So Low" is quite good as well, a slower one which ends the album on a bittersweet note.

There are two bonus tracks worth grabbing: "Then Again" is my third favourite song on the record, a Chris song with a dark almost heavy metal vibe (although the song is not a metal song). "Jesus Loves Me" is a Patrick rocker with a heavy distorted riff like something Weezer might have done.

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Always a fan of this group so I am bias....but a fun album that lives up to Sloan's standards. Thanks again
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Great album
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HASH(0xa4ae257c) out of 5 stars sloan comes through again May 12 2011
By Ken - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
c'mon on. it's sloan. this means excellent power pop, but it also means kick ass rock n roll. think BETWEEN THE BRIDGES and NAVY BLUES era sloan. i played this through 3 times when i first put it in the player. it's that good. awesome songwriting, production, and rockin'. don't miss this one.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4ae27c8) out of 5 stars American indie rock with Beatles-esque harmonies & muscular guitar riffs June 21 2011
By Charlie Quaker - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Canadian critics' favorites release their 10th album in 20 years. This is American indie rock with
an arrow aimed straight at the pop heart; Beatles-esque harmonies & muscular rock guitar riffs
with nods to both psychedelic & roots rock. Shades of Teenage Fanclub, Constantines, Free
Energy, Nada Surf, Game Theory, Beatles, Eric's Trip, New Pornographers, Big Star.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4ae2a08) out of 5 stars Another more than consistent Sloan album June 21 2011
By Christopher B Thomas - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I have been a Sloan fan for the last 10 or so years. I always anticipate hearing their latest release. In my opinion the Double Cross (XX), continues their amazing run of consistent albums. How many bands have more than one talented singer/songwriter? Sloan has 4. Depending upon what mood I am in, my favorite songs change day to day. This is what I love about Sloan. And while this album along with Parallel Play may be my least favorites of theirs, they are miles above the latest Lady Gaga or Katy Perry album.

I enjoy all of the songs on the album. My favorites are: Follow The Leader, The Answer Was You, Unkind, She's Slowing Down Again, and Laying So Low. My only complaint about the album is that it's over a little too quick. But that's a small complaint from a band that continues to deliver enjoyment to me year in and year out.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4ae2c84) out of 5 stars Quite possibly Sloan's best album Aug. 9 2011
By Spencer - Published on
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4ae2a80) out of 5 stars Essential Sloan Aug. 1 2011
By Mercury5979 - Published on
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Seeing as this is now in the $5 mp3 sale selection this month, I figure its time to write a review in hopes of enticing the casual fan who doesn't have this album yet. I purchased this when it was released in May and it has been in heavy rotation on my mp3 player ever since. Perhaps it is a little bit short, but it is packed full of incredible music. If you are a Sloan fan, then why don't you have it yet? If you are just discovering the band, you should definitely give this album a shot. It is for any fan of good old fashioned heavy rock with an indie twist. I also highly recommend Navy Blues, Between the Bridges, and Parallel Play!