1998, Music

Navy Blues (1998) by Sloan

I thought this was the third Sloan album I’ve ever heard but apparently it’s actually the second. I saw Sloan before I ever heard an album. I saw them a very long time ago and they were fun. Some assholes in the crowd threw beer at them (it was frosh week) and they still persevered, playing until the power was literally cut off. (That takes determination, when some idiots in the audience are making your life hell but you still want to play.) So I’ve always had a fondness for this band, even though I don’t really like them.

All four members of Sloan seem to have a great knack for melody – though obviously some are stronger than others, basically their songs are always at least a little catchy and often extremely catchy.

And everything is always very competent, especially here on this record where they get a little bit more “rock” than they were on previous albums.

But I’ve never loved their lyrics. I know there are four different songwriters with four different voices, but when I listen to them I always feel like their best songs are a line or two away from complete, like a corner of the picture was left unfinished. There are a number of songs on this record and on the other I’ve heard where I think I hear almost-great songs but then something about the lyric will rub me the wrong way.

And, at the end of the day, I just don’t love power pop.

But it’s well done. It’s just not for me.

7/10

PS And if you have listened to a lot of ’60s and ’70s music like I have, don’t you get the faintest sense of deja vu?

  1. “She Says What She Means” Chris Murphy/Sloan 3:01
  2. “C’mon C’mon (We’re Gonna Get It Started)” Jay Ferguson/Sloan 3:30
  3. “Iggy and Angus” Patrick Pentland/Sloan 2:49
  4. “Sinking Ships” Andrew Scott/Sloan 4:57
  5. “Keep on Thinkin'” Chris Murphy/Sloan 2:32
  6. “Money City Maniacs” Patrick Pentland/Sloan 3:53
  7. “Seems So Heavy” Andrew Scott/Sloan 4:08
  8. “Chester the Molester” Chris Murphy/Sloan 3:14
  9. “Stand By Me, Yeah” Patrick Pentland/Sloan 3:19
  10. “Suppose They Close the Door” Chris Murphy/Andrew Scott/Sloan 3:45
  11. “On the Horizon” Andrew Scott/Sloan 4:06
  12. “I Wanna Thank You” Jay Ferguson/Sloan 3:58
  13. “I’m Not Through With You Yet” Patrick Pentland/Sloan 3:15
  • Chris Murphy: vocals, bass, other instruments
  • Patrick Pentland: vocals, guitars, other instruments
  • Jay Ferguson: guitars, vocals, other instruments
  • Andrew Scott: drums, vocals, other instruments

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