Since its roots in the myth of teenage rebellion, rock 'n' roll has foolishly adhered to the adage "Consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds." This explains why Sloan has never risen above cult status. They're neither crazy nor unpredictable; they simply craft uber-catchy power pop, album after album. Parallel Play continues this tradition. Jammers like "Emergency 911" and "Believe in Me" even sport a little garage rock moxie a la the Sadies, yet another underrated band from Canada.