On its latest album, Action Pact, Sloan regenerates its classic power-pop sound, but dishes out those Cheap Trick riffs and belted choruses with unusual conviction and verve. Other than some tinkering with trendy alt-rock sonics earlier in their career, the men of Sloan have always seemed more than content to continue stealing ideas from themselves (and their obvious influences), perhaps on the vague theory that further refinements of their songcraft will at some point strike the mother lode of genius. Not so. Action Pact is slick and enjoyable, but its cumulative feel is a bit like, say, taking out the Camaro for one last ride. You can speed down the straightaway, but that old engine won't get you too far. But man, when it goes . . .
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