Sloan Action Pact (BMG) Rating: NNNN Rating: NNNN
What a difference a producer makes. Having slipped into an uncomfortable complacency over the past few records, Sloan weren't so much coasting as drifting aimlessly, churning out painfully average records with no real direction or thrust to them. Calling time on the feel-good relationship with Brenndan McGuire was a good first step. Tom Rothrock's L.A. sheen gives Action Pact a wallop that their past records have been sorely lacking, but also tightens up the songs, cramming 12 tunes into 39 minutes and dispensing with the group's four-way democracy for the best on hand. The swagger remains, but the originality and energy sound brand new.
Sloan plays the Kee To Bala Saturday (August 16) and a record release party at Club 279 Tuesday (August 19).