Action Pact [Bonus Tracks]

Action Pact [Bonus Tracks]

by Sloan

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Action Pact [Bonus Tracks]

For more than a decade, this Canadian quartet have been sustenance for power-pop junkies around the world. But with Action Pact, their seventh studio offering, Sloan seem bent on de-emphasizing the second part of that descriptor, bringing power -- in the form of aggressive guitar work and incisive lyrics -- to the fore. The shift in tenor is most palpable on "Backstabbin'," a riff-driven tune that recalls early Kiss more than the '60s precursors the band have previously revered. Even the disc's harmony-driven cuts pump up the volume, lending an Undertones-esque vibe to the keening "Who Loves Life More?" and "Hollow Head." New producer Tom Rothrock stripped away much of the layered studio trickery that enmeshed 2001's Pretty Together, a focus that plays to the strengths of immediately infectious tracks such as the pro-Canada anthem "The Rest of My Life," as well as darker, more nuanced tunes like the downbeat "False Alarm." The change of gears isn't stark enough to cause unease among Sloan supporters, but it might be sufficient to grease the wheels of Stateside success at last.

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Release Date: 05/11/2004
Label: Koch Records
UPC: 0099923956822
catalogNumber: 9568

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