Matt’s 5 Favorite Albums of 2011 – #2 Sloan – The Double Cross

Here is number 2 of my 5 favorite albums of 2011…

SLOAN

The Double Cross

In 2011, Sloan’s 20 year anniversary was celebrated with their 10th full length album, The Double Cross. Needless to say, it didn’t dissapoint.

The album opens with a loud pounding drum beat on Follow the Leader, led by a Chris Murphy vocal (I don’t think he can do anything wrong at this point). The song transitions with a beautiful piano glide into The Answer Was You. The first two tracks are worth the price of the album alone.

My favorite Sloan album is 2006’s Never Hear the End of it. This was their longest album by far, clocking in at over 70 minutes with 30 songs! The Double Cross goes in the opposite direction, coming in at only 34 minutes, proving that Sloan can easily deliver their rock in both long and short doses.

The vinyl has beautiful highs and lows and includes a free MP3 download of the album. I realized that every vinyl I have from Sloan sounds absolutely stellar, so I hope they keep doing whatever it is they’re doing to get these records sounding better than bands selling hundreds of thousands of albums in the US.

Check out the video below – the first 3 songs on the album!

#1 coming up tomorrow…

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