Some albums leave listeners with more questions than answers. In the case of Sloan’s power-pop masterpiece “One Chord to Another,” inquiries about the work still loom two decades after its initial release.
Should “The Good in Everyone” be considered among the greatest opening tracks of the 1990s? Is it possible to listen to “G Turns to D” while driving and not pin the accelerator to the floor? And finally, how did the effort not launch the Halifax, Nova Scotia quartet toward major American stardom? These wonders and more can be revisited when the band brings the album’s 20th anniversary tour to Buffalo Iron Works (49 Illinois St.) for an 8 p.m. show Nov. 19.
It may feel like last weekend when its original lineup of guitarists/vocalists Patrick Pentland and Jay Ferguson, bassist Chris Murphy and drummer Andrew Scott first transitioned from its grunge-leaning “Smeared” and “Twice Removed” to its clap-inducing brand of Fender pop cherished by both Beatles disciples and alt rock denizens.
But that progression was a generation ago. It lit the fuse that led to eight more albums, and crystalized an infectious sound still available from the band setting up shop in the city’s Cobblestone District this weekend.
Tickets are $22.50 in advance/$27.50 at the door, and can be purchased via ticketfly.com.