TITLE: Navy Blues
YEAR RELEASED: 1998
CHART ACTION: #5 in Canada
SINGLES: Money City Maniacs (#7 Canada, #4 Canada Alternative), See Says What She Means (#21 Canada Alternative), Keep on Thinkin’ (#85 Canada)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Not here, eh?
LINEUP: Chris Murphy, Patrick Pentland, Jay Ferguson, Andrew Scott
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A bit more hard rocking record from the Canadians, as if they inhaled the faster late-period Beatles songs and re-arranged them in their own way.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Thanks to a pizza commercial, some fine power poppin’, and bass line inspired by AC/DC, Sloan hit a commercial peak in Canada with “Money City Maniacs”, a quintessential power pop song if there was ever one. Yet that’s not the only fine, inspired track here.
Cut after cut showcases the bands gifts of melody, arrangement, and harmony. Most of the time, the band hits the mark, but “Chester the Molester” is cringe worthy lyrically even if it’s done lightheartedly (that may make it worse).
Skip that track, and enjoy the rest, especially reveling in how the album starts off with “She Says What She Means”.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: The opening track, “She Says What She Means’ was the last track recorded and only written by Chris Murphy as an answer to the other rockin’ songs penned by Patrick Pentland.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: In Japan
GRADE: A-: Downgrading for “Chester the Molester”, but otherwise a fantastic power pop record.