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Sloan in Buffalo paper
This is in the current issue of Artvoice, a free paper in Buffalo.
Also found at--http://www.artvoice.com/hip_parade.html
"Consequences Shmonsequences, As Long As I'm Rich"
by Aggregis Philbin
On this side of the border, Canadian music has obviously
had an undeniable impact. One need only look at the
messiah-like popularity of a band like the Tragically Hip,
or the longevity of a group such as the Lowest of the Low
(a band that ceased to be several years ago) to see how
much Canadian music influences and flavors our local
culture. Some find this to be a horrible drag, others seek
what good they can find in it and carry on. The only thing I
can say about this matter is think of the poor French.
Whether a proud country or not, France's culture has
been colonized by Americanization. Thus what's left over
may well be a nation of bitter tarts standing on the corner
using words like "le pull-over," "le hot dog" and the
infamous "le weekend." If we may think upon this
situation, we as a city and culture may realize that we have
it relatively easy. Know what I mean, eh?
Sloan may be one of the most underappreciated bands in
this country (with the possible exception of Buffalo). After
the release of Twice Removed, the Canadian indie-rock
equivalent of a record like Sgt. Pepper or at least Rubber
Soul, the group took a brief hiatus to pursue other
projects and contemplate its possibly unglorious future.
With the release of One Chord to Another, the infamously
troublesome third album, Sloan has exhibited a newfound
maturity of style and sound. Comparable to the Beach
Boys' Friends album (a record despised by critics, loathed
by the general listening populace and loved by a handful of
adoring fans), One Chord to Another, builds upon the
band's already well crafted harmonic style. Adding
complex interplays of harmony with intelligent lyrical
content and an undeniable sense of pop craft, Sloan has
created a pop masterpiece. Destined to be Canada's
answer to the Beatles (well as long as B.T.O. isn't in
town), One Chord to Another is a total dig it!
on the web page, is a _PINK_ cover of One Chord to Another.