Great music is often born in obscurity, and, at least in this country, that's where it usually dies. Thankfully, the members of Sloan reside in Canada (where they're stars), which has afforded savvy Americans the opportunity to enjoy their steady stream of great albums. While united by rich melody and vocal harmonies, the band's discography is expansive, covering everything from hip-thrusting arena rock cadged from old Cheap Trick albums to simmering Beatles/Big Star pop and eclectic, offbeat alt-rock balladry. The key to its wide-ranging sound is an unusual writing arrangement in which all four members (even the drummer!) contribute songs. The band has produced seven albums featuring a little something for everyone, while still forging a style distinctly its own. It also helps explain the disappointment... More >>>