For whatever reason, Never Hear the End of It by Sloan did not make it to my Top 20 albums posts from last month, when it should have been not only on that list, but within its top 10. Luckily, nothing’s set in concrete and so I can sleep at night knowing that this album received its rightful acknowledgement in this post.
My love for this band knows no bounds. For those of you who don’t know Sloan, they are a Canadian group of 20+ years with the same four guys they started with, all of whom write and sing their own songs.
Never Hear the End of It is their 8th album and their most interesting and eclectic, if not their flat-out best (the above picture is just a poster version of the album art with rearranged and additional text). It’s a double album spanning 30 songs and there is not a single bad one. Let me repeat that: There is not a bad song on this album. Out of 30. The entire thing is filled with intricate arrangements, both musically and vocally. It’s pure pop, it’s timeless rock, it’s punk; it’s got short song snippets, complex powerpop epics, ballads, rockers, thoughtful lyrics, the production is varied and confident— it’s an album for people who truly love music. As I’ve said before on here, it’s The White Album, if The Beatles actually liked each other when they were making it. Most bands wish they could make an album 1/8th as good as this.
Sloan has 9 other studio albums, 2 EPs, various singles and b-sides, and what we’re told is another double album in the works for 2013/14, where each member will get their own side, as opposed to the other Sloan albums, where the four members’ songs are jumbled throughout. They’re rock icons and the greatest band in the world. Never Hear the End of It is their crowning jewel.
Watch the informercial for it here.
& stream it/buy it via Sloan’s online store, here.
# Sloan# Never Hear The End Of It# 2006# Jay Ferguson# Chris Murphy# Patrick Pentland# Andrew Scott# text# graphic design# typography
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