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  • Vinyl (24 Feb. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: WARNER BROS
  • ASIN: B00HTVRSM6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 162,215 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. One Of Us
2. Miss Teen Massachusetts
3. Deadbolt
4. Band Breaker
5. To Be Young In NYC
Disc: 2
1. Schemers
2. Symptomatic
3. Fear Of The Knife
4. I Wanna Dance (But I Don't Know How)
5. Nice Hat
6. This Much I Care

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Renshaw on 25 Feb. 2014
Format: Audio CD
New York band with a lot of energy, great debut album not a bad song on it! Saw them live at Reading in the summer, they were decent, but this album is a class above. Recommend highly.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms. T. Daniels on 2 Oct. 2014
Format: MP3 Download
Type ‘Skaters’ into YouTube and, high in the results, you’ll find several flashy-looking promotional videos that provide all the necessary introduction you’ll need for this new suddenly major-backed band. For the most part, the videos are typical major-label funded fare: professional-looking and trying to suggest some kind of artistically ambiguous deeper meaning (read: says nothing very meaningful at all). Pulling clichéd attention-grabbing tricks out of the bag to engross the unsuspecting viewer into a narrative, one video has actors posing as patients in a mental institution (“Miss Teen Massachusetts”) while another has similar posing around some North American tower blocks (“Armed”). Soon you get the overwhelming vibe of a classic case of videos striving to superficially compensate for a band’s musical mediocrity. This trick is of course used to excess in the world of consumer-orientated pop, but for a band that have described their sound in interview as ‘non-traditional punk’ it’s all too telling.

Skaters’ sound can more accurately be described as very similar to The Strokes with the addition of retro drum machine sounds, which is about the most unconventional or interesting thing they do. If this band makes music that’s in any way non-traditional and/or punk, then it must only be these things to an audience with a very limited interest in music. Perhaps this betrays something about why Warner Bros would suddenly sign them out of nowhere.

Manhattan might appeal to young kids with not much of a musical palette yet, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but if you’re more knowledgeable about music or know The Strokes’ best stuff, then you’ll probably just think Skaters are lazy crap.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Ignore the Critics! Just LISTEN! 25 Mar. 2014
By Stoned Goose - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This album is very underrated. The music flows from beginning to end very well. It took a minimum of three times through before I realized there were some very unique sounding songs on this album. I even shuffled through the album and it still was spot on with the flow. A few of the songs are supposedly "hits/ singles" yet they are not the best songs on the album. I really liked the diversity of the musical layouts. If you like, loved NYC garage/punk/pop tunes, you may want to spend some time with Manhattan by Skaters. It was well worth it and it continues a place in my daily rotation. Yep…….I really enjoy this album.
Very Good Debut Album 24 May 2014
By You Don't Know - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I agree with the other ratings. This album is good. It takes a couple listens to get familiar with all the tracks but I have found the albums that grow on you are usually the best albums in the long run. This album will be appreciated more in the future after their second and third release in my opinion. SKATERS have the potential to be a great band. Doesn't mean they will be but you can see the artistic foundation in this album to be something special.
A Debut That Justifies the Hype 3 April 2014
By Anderson O'Donnell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Every few months, a new band is hyped as the next great New York City group—the heirs to Hilly Kristal’s kingdom. It’s a clever marketing gimmick: CBGBs died long before John Varvatos opened up shop, and the club, as well as the scene it represented, has become more of an abstract idea than a coherent musical map. Call it #punk.

Skaters, with their debut album Manhattan, have a legitimate shot to cut through the BS and resurrect the gritty, grimy New York that existed before Time Square went Disney—think Richard Hell; Think Cheetah Chrome. Post-Ramones and pre-hardcore.

Manhattan opens with an urgent, driving riff reminiscent of the sound that kicked off London Calling. And that’s fitting: Strummer and company’s fingerprints are all over this debut. Manhattan, like London Calling, is a declaration that something’s gone wrong. Strummer prophesized nuclear error and a new ice age; Skater’s frontman Michael Ian Cummings chronicles the decadent malaise stretching from Wall Street to Williamsburg.

But while London Calling was a wake-up call, Cummings lyrics paint a move ambivalent picture: his is a “a generation of jerks/Directionless on our feet,” but he’s part of the problem, participating in the ritual of going out, drinking, screwing, and forgetting. To paraphrase another New York band, this is it—and Cummings has no intention of going anywhere else. He’s in love with the city, and he’s going to stick around, getting his kicks in where he can, documenting the West’s decline as he goes.

The urgency and explosiveness of Josh Hubbard’s guitar work—Johnny Thunders meets Carl Barat—serves as the perfect punk foil to the languid cool of Cumming’s delivery. And it’s this tension that propels Manhattan past the legions of other New York bands seeking acceptance into the city’s punk pantheon. Hubbard’s former band, The Paddingtons, remain one of the most underrated bands of the last decade, and Manhattan should finally earn Hubbard the acclaim he is due.

While Manhattan is far from perfect—at times, it’s a bit too polished, a bit too insistent on its New York bonafides—it’s an excellent debut, and one that, for once, justifies the hype.
Five Stars 28 Feb. 2015
By Juan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
A new voice for a growing generation
Five Stars 23 Sept. 2014
By Ben - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
Best CD of 2014!
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