- Audio CD (April 28 1998)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Universal Music Group
- ASIN: B000057U92
- In-Print Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #63,305 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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 --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.
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Previous Sloan albums have leaned towards pure pop song production. This has that too (see 'Keep on Thinking', and 'Chester the Molester' for good examples of this). But it also has really adventurous songwriting ('Sinking Ships') and riff-rock monsters laden with pop-tune harmonies and 'I Am The Walrus'- lyricism ('Money City Maniacs' and 'She Says What She Means').
This album stayed in my CD player for months. It has that kind of staying power.
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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