The Double Cross

  • Record Label: Yep Roc
  • Release Date: May 10, 2011
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. May 17, 2011
    91
    The Double Cross is just an unapologetic celebration of Sloandom, and a safe place for those who believe good dual-guitar breaks--like the ones on the stomping "Unkind"--are the reason why we're here on Earth.
  2. May 17, 2011
    81
    As great as all these songs are individually, they sound best together, and hearing them in relation to one another reveals things about them that are harder to catch when they're separated.
  3. Mojo
    Aug 26, 2011
    80
    Canadian power-poppers celebrate hyper-melodic 20th birthday. [Sept. 2011, p. 94]
  4. May 17, 2011
    80
    The Double Cross, a slyly titled nod to their anniversary, returns to the songwriting style not of their beloved first two records, but of the equally strong One Chord, Navy and Bridges era.
  5. May 17, 2011
    70
    Sloan is celebrating 20 years of service with the release of The Double Cross, another expected solid album.
  6. May 17, 2011
    70
    While the hooks and harmonies rarely disappoint, the presence of multiple lead vocalists on each record has, over 20 years, led to a niggling colorlessness, which may account for the band's cult status in these lower 48.
  7. May 17, 2011
    70
    Sloan are craftsman who weld their good taste into charming miniatures, and if The Double Cross retains a hint of familiarity--not due to the source material but rather the workmanship--the group's level of skill assures that this is as comfortably satisfying as its predecessors.
  8. 70
    The Double Cross captures the band at their best, with well-written, catchy, and smiley songs that still hold a lot of depth to them, but seem tailor made for summer listening with the top down.
  9. May 24, 2011
    65
    It reaffirms the band as is, is a portrait of four musicians celebrating their existence rather than the question of self.

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