Sloan – Steady (2022) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

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Sloan – Steady (2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 36:26 minutes | 469 MB | Genre: Indie Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Yep Roc Records

Thirty years into their career, Canadian indie rock perennials Sloan return with their 13th album: Steady. Featuring the band’s trademark harmonies and every band member taking lead vocal duties on at least a couple tracks, there’s no better musical commonwealth than this quartet. You’ll hear the power pop rockers like “Magical Thinking” and “Keep Your Name Alive” to the moving, stripped-back introspective numbers like “Simply Leaving” and “Human Nature”, and the psychedelic trips of “Panic of Runnymede” and “Close Encounters.” It’s hard to think of another band that has stayed as consistent for three decades musically and still has all the same band members for their entire career. Thirteen albums later, slow and steady wins the race.

It’s one thing to make a great album, it’s something else entirely to make another great album after that. Few bands have cracked the code of making that happen over and over better than Sloan; nearly 30 years into their career, the band still features the same four guys, and their ability to create magic in the studio hasn’t failed them since they found their collective sweet spot on 1996’s One Chord to Another. 2022’s Steady is their 13th album, and once again it delivers a dozen pop songs full of killer hooks, superb harmonies, and a guitar tone ratio of crunch to jangle that never fails them. For anyone who has been following their work, there isn’t much in the way of surprises on Steady, but the superlative level of craft and the fresh feel and honest care that goes into the work never fails to impress, even if you’ve heard them do it before. Sloan has been compared to the Beatles often enough that they must be sick of it by now, but what they truly have in common with the Fab Four is the ineffable rightness of what happens when they go into the studio. Sloan collaborates on a level that’s almost freakishly effective, and Steady is the work of four very talented writers and musicians who never get in each other’s way and know how to make the whole more than the sum of the parts. From the upbeat charge of “Magical Thinking” and the lean power pop groove of “Dream It All Over Again” to the sweet country accents of “I Dream of Sleep” and the glam rock bark of “Scratch the Surface,” there simply isn’t any chaff to be found on Steady, attesting to Sloan’s stringent quality control standards, including production that is clear and uncluttered, giving the sounds just a bit of bite and keeping the sweetness from overwhelming the listener. As comfortable and confident as this band sounds here, Steady never feels rote — these guys are in love with rock & roll, and their joy and passion is never far from the surface. If a new band made an album this good and joyously pleasing, they’d be hailed as heroes, and don’t let the fact Sloan are grizzled veterans keep you from celebrating Steady on a regular basis. – Mark Deming


1-01. Sloan – Magical Thinking (03:41)
1-02. Sloan – Spend the Day (02:31)
1-03. Sloan – She Put Up with What She Put Down (02:33)
1-04. Sloan – Human Nature (02:42)
1-05. Sloan – Scratch the Surface (02:56)
1-06. Sloan – Panic on Runnymede (02:35)
1-07. Sloan – Dream It All Over Again (03:07)
1-08. Sloan – Nice Work If You Can Get It (03:18)
1-09. Sloan – Simply Leaving (03:12)
1-10. Sloan – Close Encounters (03:52)
1-11. Sloan – I Dream of Sleep (02:13)
1-12. Sloan – Keep Your Name Alive (03:42)


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