The Double Cross

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The Double Cross
Studio album by Sloan
Released May 10, 2011
Recorded August - November, 2010
Genre Rock, Alternative rock, Power pop
Length 34:02
Label Murderecords, Outside Music, Yep Roc Records
Producer Ryan Haslett, Sloan
Sloan chronology
Hit & Run
(2009)
The Double Cross
(2011)
Commonwealth
(2014)
Singles from The Double Cross
  1. "Unkind"
    Released: March 29, 2011
  2. "The Answer Was You"
    Released: 2011
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork Media (8.1/10)[3]

The Double Cross is the tenth studio album by Canadian rock band Sloan. The title of the album is a nod to their 20th (or XX) anniversary. At a length of 34:02, it is Sloan's shortest album to date. It is also the band's first album to be released on the Outside Music label.

The album was named as a longlisted nominee for the 2011 Polaris Music Prize.[4] The album was also nominated for Rock Album of the Year at the 2012 Juno Awards.[5]

Promotion and release[edit]

The band first announced plans to release the album in 2011, to coincide with the 20th anniversary of their first show. The album's lead-off track, "Follow the Leader", was the first song released from the album as an online giveaway track. The album's first single, "Unkind", was released on March 29. The album debuted at #32 on the Canadian Albums Chart.

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written and performed by Sloan.

  1. "Follow the Leader" – 2:56 (Murphy)
  2. "The Answer Was You" – 2:18 (Ferguson)
  3. "Unkind" – 4:15 (Pentland)
  4. "Shadow of Love" – 2:04 (Murphy)
  5. "She's Slowing Down Again" – 3:05 (Scott)
  6. "Green Gardens, Cold Montreal" – 2:01 (Ferguson)
  7. "It's Plain to See" – 1:57 (Pentland)
  8. "Your Daddy Will Do" – 3:04 (Murphy)
  9. "I've Gotta Know" – 1:22 (Pentland)
  10. "Beverly Terrace" – 3:01 (Ferguson)
  11. "Traces" – 4:58 (Scott)
  12. "Laying So Low" – 2:57 (Murphy)
  13. "Then Again" (iTunes Bonus Track) – 3:18
  14. "Jesus Loves Me" (Pre-Order Only iTunes Bonus Track)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thomas Erlewine, Stephen. The Double Cross at AllMusic
  2. ^ "The Double Cross by Sloan". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2011-07-08. 
  3. ^ "Pitchfork: Album Reviews: Sloan: The Double Cross". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2011-07-28. 
  4. ^ "2011 Polaris Music Prize Long List announced". aux.tv, June 16, 2011.
  5. ^ "2012 Rock Album of the Year". junoawards.ca. Retrieved 2013-02-20.