- LP Record (Dec 30 2016)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Murder Records
- ASIN: B01MT07EHE
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
One Chord To Another (Vinyl) Import
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Canada's Sloan open their third album, 1997's One Chord to Another, with a jagged rumble of guitars and drums that resolves into a groove and song, "The Good in Everyone," straight out of Something/Anything? As audacious a group of borrowers as Cheap Trick at their best, Sloan quickly line up evocations of Badfinger, George Harrison, and even Chicago. ("Everything You've Done Wrong" grafts the affectless vocal style of Peter Cetera to a track that patches together a half dozen moments from Help!, Revolver and Sgt. Pepper.) It's good to have this peak of power-pop obsessiveness available again. --Rickey Wright --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This is Sloan's third release, and to put it frankly its filled with pop gems. These guys aren't conceited or arrogant about being rockstars, its just about having fun with music. Each song brings something different to the stage, be it piano, a jamming horn section or mad guitar jams. The Sloan band keeps changing it up for simply an awesome musical experience.
One chord to another seems to follow the progression in Sloan's releases. Whereas, The Peppermint EP and Smeared seemed a sort of Sonic Youth meets the Beatles, a sort of feed back driven rock with tight harmonies, One chord two another follows where Twice Removed left off, following along with the musical progression of Sloan. The tracks are nothing short of awesome. The CD gets going with the rocked out The Good in Everyone. After this intro Sloan...has arrived. Other highlights of disc include Everything You've Done Wrong, with Patrick on vocals, featuring a super horn section. Who said pop music doesn't have horns in it anymore? Burt Bacharch eat your heart out. Another highlight is The Lines You Amend the song features tight harmonies, along with great mellow guitar. Somewhat of across between something off of the White Album mixed with 1965 Beatles. Nothing short of amazing.
The bonus tracks are perhaps some of the most fun music on the record. Recorded at a Sloan party, they include some hits, I am the Cancer, I Can Feel It, as well as some covers ie, Glitter and Gold, Dignified and Old. This is Sloan. The true Sloan experience is at a Sloan show. This is perhaps the closest you can come. The band is just at ease. There is no self conciousness here. It's just you Sloan and a couple hundred of there closest friends. If you find that you dig the "party disc" I would highly recommend the double live album 4 Nights at the Palais Royale.
If you're looking for good fun rock music, something you can turn up in your car and sing along with, check this one out. You won't regret it.
The pop songs are fairly good. "Autobiography" relies heavily on Chris Murphy's penchant for wordplay. "Writing 'young and gifted'" in the first verse, the narrator decides that "I'm certainly the former but I'm not so much the latter". In the second verse, he decides to take a shave, "which would suggest that I'm the foamer but how can I be the lather?" His lyrics always provide fun little nuggets like that to tickle your brain. Jay Ferguson takes his first step up to the mic with the lovely "The Lines You Amend". It's a melancholy little ditty that at first hearing sounds pleasant, but when you pay close attention to the lyrics you realize that the guy's girlfriend just threw herself in the lake! "And I'm sittin' on the shore, I thought I saw your charm float by," he sings sadly.
The riff rockers are somewhat childlike and innocent. They don't really want to rock totally out, but they make a good college try. "Nothing Left to Make Me Want to Say" takes a rigid and raw guitar intro, and slaps a chunky start-and-stop bass and drum groove underneath it. And its melody lines are long and appealing. "G Turns to D" moves this way and that during its verses, and lands squarely on top of a great chorus. And as the title suggests, it's a song about songwriting ("G will turn to D / You'll turn to me / And you'll say / 'You have done me wrong, / I wrote these songs about it'").
And "Everything You've Done Wrong" adds -- gasp! -- Chicago-style horns! But Sloan -- dear, dear Sloan -- makes it work beautifully.
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