TITLE: One Chord to Another
YEAR RELEASED: 1996
CHART ACTION: #16 Canada
SINGLES: The Good in Everyone (#9 Canada, #7 Canada Alternative), Everything You’ve Done Wrong (#6 Canada), The Lines You Amend (#39 Canada, #12 Canada Alternative), G Turns to D
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Only Canadians, Sloan fans, and power pop freaks
LINEUP: Chris Murphy, Patrick Pentland, Jay Ferguson, Andrew Scott
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Sloan self-releases their third album after saying “To Hell with Geffen Records” or something like that. It’s a success artistically and commercially.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: After issues regarding their second album and a low-ball offer from Geffen for album number three, Sloan took their songs and went home to Canada, and recorded and released this gem all by their lonesome. (Well, they did have a producer and engineers, but still…)
This is on the level with their previous release, and has quite a few memorable, quirky and smart songs. Everyone writes, of course. Everyone sings, too. From the singles above to a paean to singles “A Side Wins” to the flow of the album, Sloan comes through with just an enjoyable collection.
This was out of step with the times, as grunge had evolved into a nu-metal bro-type sound and there wasn’t a lot of room for smart power pop on the US airwaves.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Because it was self-released and they had to find a distribution partner, this wasn’t released until 1997 in the US. It also had a bonus disk called “Recorded Live at a Sloan Party!” which was re-recordings and covers overdubbed with ‘party’ sounds.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: In Japan, there are a couple of versions with extra tracks and b-sides
GRADE: A-: It’s another solid album from Sloan, who decided to play with their own ball this time in Nova Scotia.