Sloan Never Hear The End Of It

Rolling Stone: 3 stars out of 5 -- "[A] power-pop record that flows like the Minutemen's DOUBLE NICKLES ON THE DIME."
Never Hear The End Of It
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  • Released: January 9, 2007
  • Originally Released: 2007
  • Label: Yep Roc Records

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Rolling Stone - p.70
3 stars out of 5 -- "[A] power-pop record that flows like the Minutemen's DOUBLE NICKLES ON THE DIME."
Spin - p.86
4 stars out of 5 -- "The result plays like the greatest British Invasion best-of you've never heard."
Alternative Press - p.119
"[G]lorious, sunny pop pastiche....You'll never want to hear the end of this..."
Magnet - p.99
"NEVER HEAR THE END OF IT mostly rolls with mellow '70s gold sounds and the band's most McCartney-esque melodies."

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A few records after their career-defining 1996 third album, One Chord Leads to Another, Sloan seemed to fall into a trap that snared many classicist guitar pop bands: their devotion to classic hooks and harmonies, the very thing that set them apart from their peers, began to turn from fresh to familiar. Not that the band's skills diminished, but they were now merely reliable, with each new album offering subtle variations on their signature sound: one might be a little sunnier, one might be a little rougher, but each record could easily be classified as just another good Sloan album. All of this makes their eighth album, Never Hear the End of It, such a welcome shock: it's unmistakably the work of the same band that loves '60s guitar rock -- everything from Merseybeat to the Velvet Underground -- as much as they love new wave and college rock, but they have found a way to make the familiar sound fresh again by constructing the album as a seamless suite spread over 30 songs and fitting on a single CD. The easiest touchstone, of course, is the second side of Abbey Road, where brief snippets separated longer songs that were often multi-segmented, as they are here, but Never Hear the End of It isn't nearly as lush or grandiose as the Beatles' career-capping final recorded album. It's densely saturated with color, yet it's also lean and direct; it may swirl with rushes of psychedelic harmonies and shards of punk guitars, but it's precisely constructed upon the quartet's knack for sharp, memorable pop hooks, so there's a sense of momentum and purpose in how the album winds through the detours and main roads on these 30 songs. This has some of the shaggy eclecticism of The White Album, yet it flows like Rundgren's deliberate head trip A Wizard, a True Star, all the while never abandoning Sloan's pop strengths, which makes Never Hear the End of It a rather remarkable piece of art pop -- one where the concept is evident, but one where the pop elements are never sacrificed for art. Cut for cut, segment for segment, this is as indelible as the best of Sloan, but here the emphasis is not on the individual songs, as it has been on each of their albums in the past decade: the emphasis is on how each of these pieces, each of these hooks, joins together to create a kind of sonic sculpture. Never Hear the End of It is as concrete as that, but it's also a record to get lost in, since it is dense with alluring details that create its own distinct atmosphere. Coming from a band that seemed to be settled comfortably within its own sound, this kind of album is indeed a surprise, but this layered, kaleidoscopic album would not have been possible without good straight-ahead records like Action Pact: on those albums, they mastered their popcraft, and here they apply what they've learned on an inventive, excellent record that's their much-needed next great step forward. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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