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Classic Album Review: The Slackers | The Question

The New York ska octet are a long way from lazy, but their style is fittingly loose.

This came out in 1998 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Slackers? Truth is, the New York octet are anything but.

The Question is their third album in as many years, and it’s more than an hour long. Where they do live up to their name, however, is in their musical style — a loose-limbed, relaxed variation of old-school Jamaican blue beat. And along with the sweet harmonies and rock-steady riddim, they’re flexible enough to add everything from dub versions to calypso played on sitar. There’s no question these guys are stretching the ska envelope.