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Action Pact
KOCH Records

Rating: 7/10 ?

February 18, 2000
It could be said that most things in life play off of a duality. You can't have light without darkness. Loud can't exist without a contrasting quiet. To differentiate sadness from mundane normalcy, euphoria must counteract. If the land of eternal sunshine had a soundtrack, you can bet Sloan would have a place on it. Now, just in time for summer, they're set to drop their latest offering on to American ears.

Action Pact is reminiscent of Navy Blues and "Underwhelmed," but with a sunny made-in-LA feel. On Action Pact, you can hear equal parts AC/DC and Canadian Indie pop (a la the New Pornographers) in an amalgamation of upbeat instrumentation and themes of personal decay.

Lyrically, Action Pact airs concerns and mournful observations, especially on "Rest of My Life." Here the group shows their age: referring to settling down, they ask, "What kind of fool doesn't think about it/you'd have to be a fool not to think about it."

On the whole, however, tracks take a step back to the lighter side. The explosive opener "Gimme That" is the perfect anecdote for your rainy day, and one of my favorite Sloan tracks since "Money City Maniacs." The hook of "Backstabbin'" will crawl around your brain for days, and the chorus of "Ready For You" ready to take it's place at a moments notice.

Action Pact at once breaches the Sloan of the past and the Sloan of the future, all the while being desperately aware of the present. This disc is carefree and fun without lacking in substance: Make Sloan a part of your summer and you won't regret it.

Reviewed by Natalie B. David
A fresh graduate of the Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia, in her spare time she can be found clumsily manipulating words and phrases for LAS and Beautiful/Decay magazine, hungering for sushi, naming inanimate objects or pondering the existence of stiletto heels. If you see her, you should buy her a cup of coffee because, chances are, she probably needs it.

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