Sloan, Twice Removed

Barry Walters

By Barry Walters

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Voted the best Canadian album of all time. Twice.

In 1992, grunge was plaid-hot and Geffen was betting it bought another Nirvana in Sloan. So when in 1994 this Halifax, Nova Scotia, quartet turned in this defiantly poppy second album, the label retaliated by first failing to promote the thing and then by dropping the band. Two years later, readers of the Canadian magazine Chart voted Twice Removed the best Canadian album of all time. In 2005, the readers of the same magazine produced the same results. This is not the Labatt and Molson talking: Sloan have an underdog knack for understating massive pains and even bigger hooks with nonchalant deliveries: Played with their amps on 11, singles like "Coax Me" would rock as loudly as Kiss. (Sloan are fans.) Instead, they're as wispy and forlorn as the four look on the cover. Each member sings lead. Every second sounds timeless. And anxiety-packed peaks like "Worry Now" prove Geffen had its ears in its wallet and was sitting on it.