On the past few Sloan albums, the Canadian rockers came off a bit anxious about aging into an elder statesman role, turning out a few too many songs about feeling old and irrelevant. This time around they seem less worried about being has-beens and more eager to embrace their legacy of impeccable, if not especially hip, songcraft. On The Double Cross – the title is a sly reference to their 20 year career — they play to their strengths with a succinct set of tunes that seamlessly blend the sensibilities of the band’s four distinct songwriters. They’re not breaking ground, but they’ve at least found the perfect balance of fist-pumping riff rockers (“Unkind,” “Shadow of Love”) and classy formalist pop (“Your Daddy Will Do,” “Beverly Terrace”).
Listen to “Unkind”:
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