Song of the day: Sloan – "Underwhelmed"

July 14, 2011

This will almost certainly be of no interest to anyone, but today’s non-Australian song is here because I’ve finally started my Sloan record collection.

I’m the kind of music person who, if he enjoys some music by an artist, will buy everything they’ve recorded. In other words, I’m a completist. (Which would make my favourite bands the ones that only released a few albums.) As for Sloan: although I haven’t heard much from this unstoppable Canadian music production machine*, what I have heard I’ve enjoyed – so I thought I might as well start from the start.

Anyway, I bought Sloan’s first album, Smeared, a couple of weeks ago. I must admit that I don’t like it much. (Ah, well. The CD didn’t cost a lot, so I ain’t complainin’.) I’m glad they’ve made more albums, because their later stuff is what I’ve heard, and I think (judging from the first album) that they improved immeasurably – which makes the prospect of buying their entire output is something I’ll be enjoying, not dreading.

I want to like Sloan’s first album more, but I’m finding it difficult because I think it’s a bit of a stinker. Not awful – it’s just not that great or memorable.

Here’s the only song on the album I like (so far):

Sloan – “Underwhelmed (1992)


Trivia: the vocal harmonies at 2:24 are simply dreadful.

(*Do you know how many albums, EPs and singles Sloan have released in their 20 years? I’ll tell you: squillions. That’s right: squillions.)