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The Question

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by The Slackers
     
 
Sometimes growing up is the worst thing that can happen to a rock & roll band. However, it's almost always the best thing that can happen to a ska band. Why? Because when ska bands grow up, they slow down and start paying attention to craft, the last thing on the mind of most young skasters. The Slackers are something of a departure from

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Sometimes growing up is the worst thing that can happen to a rock & roll band. However, it's almost always the best thing that can happen to a ska band. Why? Because when ska bands grow up, they slow down and start paying attention to craft, the last thing on the mind of most young skasters. The Slackers are something of a departure from the norm in that regard -- they've sounded like grown-ups from day one. But their latest effort still shows the effects of growth and maturation, both musical and emotional. For one thing, there's almost as much reggae as ska here: the elastic rocksteady beat of "Knowing" follows close on the heels of the Latin ska bounce of "Manuel," while the 2 Tone inflections of "And I Wonder?" lead directly into the straight one-drop riddim of "No More Crying." For another thing, bandleader Vic Ruggiero is worried about mortality and the nature of love, and his lyrics are all the better for it. Songs like "The Question" and "Have the Time" actually reflect some serious and skillful thinking -- another rarity in the world of ska, quite frankly. If the Slackers keep getting better, things are going to get scary very quickly.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/20/1998
Label:
Hellcat Records
UPC:
0045778041022
catalogNumber:
80410

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Slackers   Primary Artist,Group
Glen Adams   Organ,Voices
David Hillyard   Saxophone
Larry McDonald   Percussion
Victor Ruggiero   Organ,Percussion,Piano,Vocals
Simon Chardiet   Guitar
Dave Hahn   Guitar
Marcus Geard   Bass
Marq Lyn   Vocals
Jeremy Mushlin   Trumpet,Vocals
T.J. Scanlon   Guitar
Luis Zuluaga   Percussion,Drums
Matt Scanlon   Percussion
Glen Pine   Trombone,Vocals

Technical Credits

Albert Caiati   Engineer
Victor Ruggiero   Producer
Glen Pine   Contributor
Vic Ruggiero   Producer
T.J. Johnson   Engineer

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The Question 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As someone who listens to many many different types of music, it is a VERY difficult task to decide on one favorite album; however that was before I heard this record. With one of the most down to earth and insightful lyricists (Vic Ruggiero)and a rhythm section you can not help but dance to, this band truly has it all. The Question is one of the rare albums that transcends the ska genre, and does it amazingly well. Do yourself a favor and buy this album as soon as you can. You will not regret it.