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12 is indeed the twelfth album from Canadian power-pop perennials Sloan, which means it's as good as Led Zeppelin IV, Black Sabbath's Vol. 4, and Chicago 4 all put together. But seriously: not only are Sloan the rare band to make it to their twelfth record, they're arguably the only band to make it to their twelfth album with four original members who are both equally prolific songwriters and all still working at the top of their respective games, sounding utterly ageless in the process.
On 12, each of the four principals contribute three stellar songs that play to their core strengths: Patrick Pentland with the soaring rock anthems, Chris Murphy with the playful, participatory sing-alongs, Jay Ferguson with the jaunty prog-pop gems, and Andrew Scott with the whimsical innerspace explorations. And while the 12 songs on 12 greatly emphasize each member's distinct personality, they're all ultimately united by their lean economy and punchy precision.