As the good little Canadian that I am, I’ve always had a special place in my heart for Sloan. “The Other Man” was one of my favorite songs growing up, long before I ever knew what it was all about. Needless to say, I was thrilled when I was asked to review their upcoming album Commonwealth, which will be making its way through your iPod headphones September 9th. Get excited, because I promise you it will not disappoint.
Commonwealth marks Sloan’s first release in three years, and I think I speak for everyone when I say it’s about freakin’ time. Sloan is one of those bands that evoke such a warm nostalgic feeling when you hear them – a weird comfort that you can’t quite put your finger on. Commonwealth immediately reminded me of The Beatles during their Help! era, which may explain some of that nostalgia I mentioned. The concept for the album is an interesting one: released as a double album with each member conquering their own single side, Sloan proves they are masters of cohesion. I find it difficult for me to want to listen to an album from beginning to end, similar to my inability to finish a book front to back without exchanging it for a new one; however, Commonwealth tricked me into thinking I was listening to four different albums, yet all the while reminding me that I’ve been listening to one rad band the entire time.
If I’m ever forced to choose, my favourite tracks are “Three Sisters”, “Carried Away” and “Keep Swinging (Downtown)”, but that’s only if I’m being forced to choose. If you ever want to feel like you’re living inside of a 1970s photo album, you’ll need to give this record a spin.
In other words: perfection.