Sloan, 'The Double Cross' (Yep Roc)

The Double Cross
Critical Mass
Release Date: May 10, 2011
Label: Yep Roc

by Doug Brod

Fans of Argy Bargy-era Squeeze will find a lot to love on the tenth studio album by this Canuck quartet, whose impeccable power pop has often felt like the apotheosis of the genre. "Follow the Leader," "Shadow of Love," and "Your Daddy Will Do" in particular gleefully flaunt their makers' keyboard-patterned skinny ties. But while the hooks and harmonies rarely disappoint, the presence of multiple lead vocalists on each record has, over 20 years, led to a niggling colorlessness, which may account for the band's cult status in these lower 48. Democracy: not always a good idea.

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