Canadian rock veterans Sloan will be releasing their 8th full length album next month, and although I'm not expecting all that much from it, I still feel obligated to give it a fair chance. There's been a definite drop off in the quality of their music over the last few records, but I was quite surprised to hear that the new album, called Never Hear The End Of It, will contain 30 (!) songs. Insanity. If they had trouble coming up with 12 decent songs in the past, how can they possibly manage 30?
But I'm not here to be a naysayer, I'm here to present you with the first single from the album, "Who Taught You To Live Like That". For those familiar with Sloan, it's a tune from Jay Ferguson (who always seems to get the shaft when it comes to the singles) and although it's kind of middle of the road, it does leave me feeling somewhat optimistic about the album. And am I crazy or am I picking up faint echoes of Bob Dylan's "Caught In The Middle With You" buried somewhere in there? Never Hear The End Of It hits stores on September 19th.