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The Question [The Slackers]

  • 1. Manuel
    2. Knowing
    3. Have the Time
    4. And I Wonder?
    5. No More Crying
    6. Feed My Girl
    7. Mountainside
    8. Mummy, The
    9. Motor City
    10. Power
    11. Keep Him Away
    12. Question, The
    13. Question, The
    14. Face in My Crowd
    15. Do You Know
    16. Yes It's True
    17. Alone Again
    18. Make Me Smile
    19. No Love
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 80410

  • Credits
    ProducerVic Ruggiero; Victor Ruggiero
    EngineerT.J. Johnson; Albert Caiati

    The Slackers: Victor Ruggiero (vocals, piano, organ, percussion); Jeremy Mushlin (vocals, trumpet); Glen Pine (vocals, trombone); Marq Lyn (vocals); T.J. Scanlon (guitars); David Hillyard (saxophone); Marcus Geard (bass); Luis Zuluzga (drums, percussion).
    Additional personnel: Glen Adams (spoken vocals, organ); Simon Chardiet, David Hahn (guitar); Larry McDonald, Matt Scanlon (percussion); Paul Parkins (background vocals).
    Recorded at Coyote Studios, Brooklyn, New York and Bloodclot Studios, Los Angeles, California.
    Personnel: Jeremy Mushlin (vocals, trumpet); Glen Pine (vocals, trombone); Victor Ruggiero (vocals, piano, organ, percussion); Marq Lyn (vocals); T.J. Scanlon, Simon Chardiet, Dave Hahn (guitar); David Hillyard (saxophone); Glen Adams (organ); Luis Zuluaga (drums, percussion); Matt Scanlon, Larry McDonald (percussion).
    Audio Mixers: Clive Chin; Glen Adams; Albert Caiati; Victor Ruggiero.
    Recording information: Bloodclot Studio, Los Angeles, CA; Coyote STudios, Brooklyn, NY.
    Photographer: Jessica Shokrian.
    Unknown Contributor Role: Glen Pine.
    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. ~ Rick Anderson

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