Twice Removed

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Twice Removed
Studio album by Sloan
Released August 30, 1994
Recorded 1994
Genre Indie rock
Length 44:48
Label Geffen Records (DGC)
Producer Jim Rondinelli, Sloan
Sloan chronology
Smeared
(1992)
Twice Removed
(1994)
One Chord to Another
(1996)
Singles from Twice Removed
  1. "Coax Me"
    Released: 1994
  2. "People of the Sky"
    Released: 1994
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (B+)[2]

Twice Removed is the second album by Canadian rock band Sloan. The album took seven weeks and cost $120,000 to record,[3] and was released on Geffen Records in 1994. It is considered to be one of the band's best albums and one of the greatest Canadian albums of all time. The album was more melodic and catchy than their previous album, Smeared, and as a result Geffen did not promote it very well because it didn't fit the commercially dominant grunge rock style of the time. The band was dropped from Geffen after Twice Removed was released.[4] The band took time off from touring and writing after the troubles with Geffen, and they were rumoured to have broken up.

Artwork[edit]

Inside are hand-drawn pictures of a drum kit and two men. Other images include a lady talking on the phone, a motorbike, and two dogs.

On the back of the liner notes are drawings of cars and a binder with the title "Sloan" on it. On the back of the case, a snare drum with all the tracks' names on Twice Removed engraved into its side is displayed.

Commercial performance[edit]

Twice Removed peaked at #25 on the RPM Canadian Albums Chart.[5] By February 1997, the album had sold 58,000 units in Canada.[3] The album was certified Gold in Canada on October 20, 1998.[6]

Legacy[edit]

In 1996, the music magazine Chart conducted a reader poll to determine the best Canadian albums of all time. Twice Removed topped that poll.[7] When the magazine conducted a follow up poll in 2000, Twice Removed lost the top spot to Joni Mitchell's Blue, but still placed third. In the third poll, in 2005, Twice Removed reclaimed the top spot.[8]

It was also ranked fourteenth in Bob Mersereau's 2007 book The Top 100 Canadian Albums.

In 2012, the album received a deluxe reissue on vinyl. This edition includes another three discs: one containing demo versions of the Twice Removed songs; another containing B-sides that were originally intended for the album but left off; and a 7-inch, 45 RPM disc containing songs that, in the words of guitarist Jay Ferguson, "didn't really fit anywhere else in the package". The release also includes a 12x12,32-page color booklet containing photos, interviews and other stories from the band's members. The reissue was made available exclusively via the band's website.[4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Penpals"   C. Murphy, Sloan 3:08
2. "I Hate My Generation"   J. Ferguson, Sloan 2:26
3. "People of the Sky"   A. Scott, Sloan 3:37
4. "Coax Me"   C. Murphy, Sloan 3:26
5. "Bells On"   C. Murphy, Sloan 3:55
6. "Loosens"   P. Pentland, Sloan 5:26
7. "Worried Now"   P. Pentland, Sloan 2:40
8. "Shame Shame"   C. Murphy, Sloan 3:04
9. "Deeper Than Beauty"   C. Murphy, Sloan 2:40
10. "Snowsuit Sound"   J. Ferguson, Sloan 3:47
11. "Before I Do"   A. Scott, Sloan 7:04
12. "I Can Feel It"   P. Pentland, Sloan 3:28

Japanese Bonus Tracks

No. Title Writer(s) Length
13. "D Is For Driver"   C. Murphy, Sloan 2:24

B-Sides

  • "Coax Me (Icks Nay On The Evie Stay Micks)" (Coax Me 7")
  • "One Professional Care" (Coax Me 7")
  • "I Can Feel It (demo)" (promo 7")

Trivia[edit]

  • Lyrics for the first track on the album, "Penpals", were taken from broken English fan letters to Kurt Cobain, which the band rummaged through when they were signed to Geffen in the early ’90s.[4][9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Robert Christgau review
  3. ^ a b "SLOAN REUINTES FOR ENCLAVE SET". Billboard. Retrieved May 25, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c Kamin, Adam (22 November 2012). "Sloan's Jay Ferguson talks re-issue of Twice Removed". blogTO (Fresh Daily). Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 60, No. 7, September 05 1994". RPM. Retrieved May 25, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Gold Platinum Database: Sloan - Twice Removed". Music Canada. Retrieved September 5, 2012. 
  7. ^ Number 1 Canadian Album
  8. ^ "Sloan's Twice Removed Named Top Canadian Album Of All Time". Chart. Retrieved 2011-03-27. 
  9. ^ "Entertainment Weekly Popwatch Blog". Retrieved 2007-03-19.