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I have to start by telling you that I've been anticipating this release for quite some time and because I'm a fan, this may come across as a bit biased. For the unaware among us, Slackness is a collaborative project between Chris Murray and The Slackers. I'll have to admit I was taken a bit by surprise with Slackness. I wasn't sure what to expect, so let me tell you what I got. 12 great tracks of the heart and soul of ska. The recording offers up a smorgasboard of ska reggae and roots, some old and some new. Slackness starts with a great cover of "Janie Jones" and into a more traditional Chris sounding track that appears to be co-written with Dan Potthast of Mu330 fame. (admittedly I'm assuming here based on the writing credits.) The CD continues into a few remakes of older Chris songs with the added twist of being backed by The Slackers, one of the hardest working bands in ska today. I particularly enjoy "Rastaman Rock", a tuffed up version of the original. The tracks close with a ironically upbeat war protest song entitled, "Why We Go To War". I guess this is like the magical moment when someone got their peanut butter on someone else's chocolate. If you've ever wondered what Chris would sound like backed up by a full band of the caliber of the Slackers, give Slackness a whirl. Out now on Unstrictly Roots In closing, you can tell that Chris Murray is totally OG … Check that freakin' bling homie!