[Editor’s note: This review was originally published on May 21st, 2018 for BuriedOnMars.com.]
I had been on the hunt for a vinyl copy for Sloan’s new album, 12 after streaming four of its tunes on YouTube. The sucker had been sold out everywhere I looked, but last night I was able to score one at the show. Well, truth be told, my wife Sarca Sim scored me one. They had a merch booth and Sarca was itching buy a T-shirt from it. I held claim to our stage-view table (a luxury at The Kee To Bala that you need to hold onto once you get), and soaked in the empty stage. After a few minutes, Sarca came back with a clear, purple vinyl, US imported LP for of 12 for 25 moosebucks:
Needless to say, I was not only thrilled to finally have a copy, but also proud of my wife’s eye for spotting an opportunity for a collectible! If you want to know more about our time at the show check out Sarca’s review of it right here.
12 might be Sloan’s most bright and cheery album to date. Three tunes, Gone For Good, Essential Services, and the formerly mentioned 44 Teenagers (with a line about Gord Downie) have a darker tone, but the rest of it is full with toe tappin’ Canadian rack.
Spin Our Wheels, Don’t Stop (If It Feels Good Do It), The Day Will Be Mine, Have Faith are the stand outs on a very strong album. 12‘s feel good vibe makes it for a perfect accompaniment to the windows rolled down, arm out the side window summer driving experience. A lot more spins are headed toward my eardrums.