You probably heard the news about the highly anticipated brand new album by legendary NYC ska band The Slackers. The crowd had the chance to take a sneak peek into the album with a couple of singles, such as Don’t Let The Sunlight Fool Ya and Hanging On. Both compositions sounded superb, and as much as I had a chance to read the reactions of the broader auditorium on the web, the band gained only the positive critics about it. There’s no wonder about it since The Slackers are pros in what they do. Just listen to their impressive discography, and soon you will realize these experienced musicians don’t have any bad recordings. Still, I get the impression their highly anticipated new full-length release sounds even better than anything they recorded before. It’s a record for any mood and occasion without any bad tunes. Just take a listen, and you’ll realize what I am talking about.
Don’t Let The Sunlight Fool Ya carries twelve new numbers performed in the recognizable Slackers manner. There are many opinions about the ska music depending on which wave of ska music you prefer, but it seems that contemporary ska sound doesn’t get any better than this. We could argue about it for days, and many fans would go with the energetic ska-punk thing, but if you want some laid-back ska music to chill out, Don’t Let The Sunlight Fool Ya will be the perfect choice for you. There are only a few ska orchestras capable of nailing the calmy, soothing, cathartic ambiance like The Slackers. There is something about this band that keeps you motivated to spin their tunes once again and Don’t Let The Sunlight Fool Ya is a perfect example of a record that will keep spinning on your turntable for a while.
There are right amounts of ska, reggae, rocksteady, dub, rock’n’roll, boogie, Motown, and maybe a little bit of Bossanova, and the way they’re incorporating all these styles is utterly divine. However, the band primarily focuses on ska and reggae, while the remainder of sonic ingredients lurks in the background. The Slackers are a versatile band that never disappoints its fans, and that’s the case with Don’t Let The Sunlight Fool Ya. The entire band operates like a singular organism from scratch to finish, and you’ll hear even the tiniest notes and beats delivered by the band. It’s nearly mindblowing how the piano and brass section articulate with the rhythm section and guitars. It’s something that only The Slackers are capable of, and this particular detail is something that I dearly love about this band. Of course, you will also notice excellent lyricism that spans from socio-political anthems to songs about life, love, and other ordinary themes. It’s an album worth your utmost attention, and you’ll love it even more if you’re profoundly into the beforementioned music genres. Don’t Let The Sunlight Fool Ya is available for purchasing via Pirates Press Records. Head over to their website for more information about ordering.