Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Sep 28, 2011
    80
    Everything's easy and natural, and the Stepkids sound more like purveyors of the genre than imitators. Quite an accomplishment.
  2. Sep 28, 2011
    65
    The result is something that sounds like three session players and lacks the presence of somebody to step up and take this beyond being merely a decent, functional collection of songs.
  3. Oct 3, 2011
    60
    It's immaculately produced and performed, full of gorgeous vocal harmonies, extravagantly wafting flutes and often arresting melodies. But for some listeners it might be wither lacking in rawness or uncomfortably in thrall to the past. [Oct 2011, p.100]
  4. Sep 29, 2011
    60
    They share a love for the kind of heady jams previously lost in the mists of the '70s psychedelia, Shadow's On Behalf's shimmering harmonies and loose-knit rhythms drawing inspirations from such exponents of starry-eyed soul as David Axelrod and Rotary Connection. [Oct 2011, p.130]
  5. Dec 22, 2011
    80
    It gives all sorts of instrumentation the confidence to surprise us. [Nov 2011, p.102]
  6. Sep 28, 2011
    70
    Weird, wild, wonderful stuff.
  7. Sep 28, 2011
    70
    The Connecticut trio boasts former Lauren Hill and Alicia Keys touring band members--guaranteeing The Stepkids is as tight as it is lovingly reverential.
  8. Sep 28, 2011
    70
    Certain moments, like the opening and closing tracks, reach a little further past doo-woppish hippie funk into Ravi Shankar super-hippie sitar and ambient electro, suggesting a potential for experimentation in the second year of the Stepkids' existence.
  9. Sep 30, 2011
    88
    Flaunting a smattering of psych rock, glints of fuzz funk, analog tape hiss, and virtually no FFWD moments in sight, it's hard to not warm up to this record.

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