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  • Summary: This is the latest album for the Canadian rock-pop quartet.
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  1. The [power pop] aesthetic remains intact on their ninth album, but it also proves the foursome--who alternate songwriting and vocal duties-- have honed their skills to a finely calibrated science. [20 June 2008, p.66]
  2. Parallel Play finds the quartet in fine form.
  3. Sloan have solved their problem by giving each member room to roam, and they're winding up with records that are rich emotionally and musically, illustrating that it is possible for a classicist guitar pop band like Sloan to grow with each passing year.
  4. Not as sprawling a set of riches as "Never Hear the End of It," this new album is more in the pop juggernaut category, where each song pulls the listener along in head-bobbing succession--but there’s no less dynamism for that.
  5. Parallel Play ends up being a fan’s record: one whose economy and intelligence will delight the Sloan faithful but probably won’t change the band’s fortunes or alter its trajectory with a generation raised on American Idol.
  6. It’s great to watch the venerable Canadian band continue its post-slump renaissance, and even more fitting that it makes the rebound look easy.
  7. There are a few diamonds here, but there’s also a lot of stray buckshot. [Summer 2008]

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