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Sloan releasing double album, ‘Commonwealth,’ in September (stream a track)

by Bill Pearis


Sloan will release their 11th album, Commonwealth, on September 7 via YepRoc. That’s the cover art above. While all four members of the band have always contributed songs, the new one gives each member a side of a double-LP to do what they want. In the case of drummer Andrew Scott that means the nearly 18-minute “Forty Eight Portraits” song suite, complete with a children’s chorus and a reworking of “Delivering Maybes” (from their 1999 LP, Between the Bridges). Your first taste of the album, though, comes from Patrick Pentland’s “Shamrock” side (the album is playing-card themed) with a ’70s style rocker titled, “Keep Swinging (Downtown).” For those who love “Money City Maniacs,” this one will appeal to you.

The band haven’t toured since the Twice Removed anniversary tour two years ago, but promise to be out on the road this fall. Meanwhile, tracklist for Commonwealth and new song stream are below.

Sloan – “Keep Swinging (Downtown)”


Diamond Side (Jay):
1) We’ve Come This Far
2) You’ve Got A Lot On Your Mind
3) Three Sisters
4) Cleopatra
5) Neither Here Nor There

Heart Side (Chris):
6) Carried Away
7) So Far So Good
8) Get Out
9) Misty’s Beside Herself
10) You Don’t Need Excuses To Be Good

Shamrock Side (Patrick):
11) 13 (Under A Bad Sign)
12) Take It Easy
13) What’s Inside
14) Keep Swinging (Downtown)

Spade Side (Andrew):
15) Forty-Eight Portraits

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