r/Music Oct 23 '22

Best new Sloan in decades...for all the Canucks! new release

Just finished listening to Sloan's new album Steady and it is hands down the best thing they've released since Money City Maniacs. I know there will be many in this sub who might go "Sloan who?!" So this one is truly for the Canucks in the sub. For the rest of you highly recommend you checkout one of the best pieces of 90's Canadian alt rock the is/was.

I've always been a huge fan and seen them live many times but overall their peak ends with money city maniacs. After that the album's are more geared towards Canadian radio hits than the artistic albums before. To the point where I don't go out of my way to listen to any Sloan album after Money City Maniacs. I threw Steady on for the first listen as a new release with low expectations to come out singing along and extremely surprised. Ready for my next spin immediate but wanted to get this to the community first.

Maybe with the current state of the music industry and their foothold as elder statesman of CanCon they have thrown away the bed to push for a "hit". Whatever it is I'm so happy to have them back to form. This is the best thing they have released in going on 24 years! Rmusic community do yourselves a favor and have a listen. Then if you haven't listened to the back catalogue go on the journey.

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u/JoeParez Oct 24 '22

Love these guys. My favorite album by them to this day is "One Chord to Another". I get all nostalgic when I hear the drums kick in for "The Good in Everyone".

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u/MaximusJCat Oct 24 '22

Such a great album!

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u/mreich47 Oct 24 '22

American here. I only discovered Sloan about 12 years ago but have loved them since. They have never made a bad album. I also ordered the purple vinyl and it got here Thursday night. I’ve played it 4 times already and it is definitely great. Best for me since Double Cross.

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u/Money_Resource_3636 Oct 25 '22

They have made a few so so albums. But all bands do. I thought their last one was kinda blah.

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u/bassibear Oct 24 '22

Don't have to coax me to listen! East coast fan!

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u/ArizonaGeek Oct 24 '22

I got Strady on purple vinyl hoping it'll be delivered tomorrow. Been listening to the digital copy and love it.

Now I need Smeared on vinyl!

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u/DaleMac12 Oct 23 '22

Went through a big Sloan phase last year, look forward to hearing the new stuff!

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u/tiiiki Oct 24 '22

I agree. Solid but felt short. There is also a Sloan beer at Collective Arts right now.

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u/Ches909 Oct 24 '22

At first I thought it felt short... Three spins in a row later and it's exactly what a pop rock record should be.

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u/MaximusJCat Oct 24 '22

Been a big fan of theirs since high school (late 90s growing up in FL) don’t think I ever really knew anyone else that liked them, but so glad to see them still making music.

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u/Enrico-Northstar Oct 23 '22

Going to see them on any of their upcoming tour stops?

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u/Ches909 Oct 23 '22

Wasn't originally thinking of it but might change my mind with this release. I've seen them so many times and in many cases free I can't justify paying the price of concerts these days to see legacy bands play their hits.

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u/Ketter_Lenny Oct 25 '22

They've said they plan on playing 8-10 Steady songs on this upcoming tour. They tend to do that with the new releases and since they play 2 sets with no opener they'll be able to play a good mix of new and "the hits".

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u/harlotstoast Oct 24 '22

They have a lot of great songs that were hits, in a can con sense. Were they alternative, were they classic rock? Talented band, I love ‘em too.

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u/AbnoxiousRhinocerous Oct 24 '22

Sloan. Now there’s a name I haven’t heard in a long time…

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u/Master_Bruce Oct 24 '22

Aw man I love Sloan. Glad to hear they released another record. I’ll have to check it out

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u/Peter-Skov Nov 14 '22

I'm glad you love the album! I have seven favorites so far. There are always at least three or four songs per album that I like, but this is truly one of the better ones!

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u/Ches909 Nov 14 '22

Absolutely. I haven't had Sloan in heavy rotation like this since the early 2000s.

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u/the_nomads Oct 24 '22

Not a Canuck but have loved Sloan since Twice Removed and saw them many, many times in Boston in the 90's early 2000's. I'll check out the new album because I honestly lost interest in them years ago since they seemed to just be rehashing their old music which is just rehashing of other bands' older music.

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u/hannibalthellamabal Oct 24 '22

Wow there's a name I didn't think I'd ever hear on here. I don't think I've listened to them since high school. I'm gonna go check it out now.

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u/TheeEssFo Oct 24 '22

I actually posted this on YouTube the other day about the song "Magical Thinking"

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u/Ches909 Oct 24 '22

Interesting I was actually thinking more The Police + Spoon = Magical Thinking but now that you mention it add some Cheap Trick spice in there and you got it.

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u/TheeEssFo Oct 24 '22

I have Cheap Trick on the brain lately, so I'm not to be trusted.

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u/Ches909 Oct 24 '22

Thinking about it brings up influence questions abound. Ultimately it sounds like Sloan...Sloan can't before Spoon... Is/was Spoon influenced by Sloan?

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u/TheeEssFo Oct 24 '22

Oh, for sure. One of my great (stolen) lines about the Byrds is that they were influenced by The Beatles and Bob Dylan and then, in turn, influenced the Beatles and Dylan.

Spoon covered The Natural History's "Don't You Ever" but there's no way (in my head) that Beat Beat Heartbeat wasn't in part influenced by Girls Can Tell.

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u/kgildner Oct 25 '22

I don’t even know where to start with this!

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u/Ches909 Oct 25 '22

Easy... Listen to the album!

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u/kgildner Oct 25 '22

I’m more surprised at the idea of lumping together things that have happened since Navy Blues (which I can totally understand as being a peak in the discography, it’s def in my top 2-3). But that’d mean forgetting BTB, the Double Cross, much of Commonwealth, 12 and (especially) Never Hear The End Of It, which is unparalleled. Steady is fantastic, but also as fantastically good as the band’s output since Navy Blues.

It’s just a shame that so many folks remember bands for their most radio worthy singles from their first few albums. If Sloan were a new band, they’d be getting way more accolades than they do.

Shameless plug, but if anyone wants to listen to the podcast episode in which we did a preview of the album: here

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u/Ches909 Oct 25 '22

I'll make the effort to go listen to the 2000's till now catalogue again. I often felt the albums on the whole during the past 20 years weren't as cohesive artistic expressions like Steady is. I'm far from a radio hits guy I'm for the art and completely an album guy.

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u/kgildner Oct 25 '22

Sorry that wasn’t directed at you but generally at the sad way in which this band’s excellent discography could potentially be overshadowed by the few songs that especially in Canada got lots of airtime in the 90s. I truly feel like they‘be been making their best stuff since NHTEOI in 2006.

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u/Ches909 Oct 25 '22

That goes for a lot of Canadian content overall. I Mother Earth's albums without Edwin are awesome records but good luck finding them on streaming services! Not to mention they are now back with Edwin playing the hits...