- Audio CD (Aug. 30 1994)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Universal Music Group
- ASIN: B000008N85
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
Twice Removed Import
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Voted the best Canadian album of all time by the readers of Chart magazine, Sloan's 1994 sophomore offering Twice Removed is also the record that scuttled the Halifax group's shot at U.S. pop stardom. The disc finds the foursome moving away from the grunge-pop of their Smeared debut and beginning to dabble in the Beatles-esque power pop that has characterized their successive albums. Hoping for a Smeared 2, Sloan's label DGC ignored Twice Removed and ultimately dropped the band, with Sloan breaking up (temporarily) shortly thereafter. Compared to later albums like One Chord to Another and Navy Blues, the production and songwriting on Twice Removed sounds primitive and occasionally underwhelming. That said, Twice Removed does contain some of Sloan's best songs, including drummer Andrew Scott's sweetly strummed "People of the Sky," the California pop of Jay Ferguson's "Snowsuit Sound" and Chris Murphy's anthemic "Coax Me," loaded with the now-classic line "It's not the band I hate, it's their fans." Sloan has a remarkable knack for distilling a pop song down to its barest elements, and tunes like the Lennon rip-off "I Hate My Generation" and the soft-rocking "Loosen" are the sound of a group pushing forward and redefining itself. For a band that was initially pigeonholed as the "Canadian Nirvana," it's a major achievement. --Matt Galloway --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.
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Only one song here that I don't like, which is the long and boring "Before I Do" which to me would have fit better on their debut album, Smeared. Every other song here is incredible, a mix of stupendous melodies, chiming guitars, and clever harmonies. From the opening of Chris Murphy's excellent "Penpals" to the mellow close of "I Can Feel It", there is hardly a dull moment between. Personal highlights include "Snowsuit Sound", "People of the Sky", the powerful "Coax Me", and "Worried Now", but really there are very few lowlights.
I wish everybody owned this album. I think the world, and the state of music in general, would be a better place if more people heard Twice Removed by Sloan.
If Sloan is for you, then you probably like pop songs written from the point of view of East-Indian thirteen-year-olds whose English is kind of clunky ('Penpals'). Or melancholic songs -- with both chugga-chugga and jangly rhythm guitaring -- where the narrator at one point "saw his widow speak on her fortunes", and then later "saw her widow's peak on her forehead" ('Coax Me'; this song also contains the line: "It's not the band I hate, it's their fans"... sometimes I feel like I can quote Sloan lyrics all day long). Or sweet paeans to our innocent days on the school playground ('Snowsuit Sound'). Or an album stacked top to bottom with great pop songs written by four great pop songwriters with very distinctive pop songwriting styles. You probably like adventurous melodies that aren't afraid to be backed up by harmonious "La-la-la's". And punky/jazzy drumming. And bouncy, melodic bass playing.
For my money, this is pure Sloan. Which means its about as good as it gets when it comes to alterna-pop music.
"I Hate My Generation"
"People Of The Sky"
There aren't any songs you'll want to skip. The entire thing is more than worthwhile. This is tied with NAVY BLUES as my favourite Sloan CD.
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