The Stepkids


Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
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  1. Sep 30, 2011
    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.
  2. Sep 28, 2011
    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.
  3. Sep 28, 2011
    Weird, wild, wonderful stuff.
  4. Sep 28, 2011
    The Connecticut trio boasts former Lauren Hill and Alicia Keys touring band members--guaranteeing The Stepkids is as tight as it is lovingly reverential.
  5. Sep 28, 2011
    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.
  6. Sep 28, 2011
    Everything's easy and natural, and the Stepkids sound more like purveyors of the genre than imitators. Quite an accomplishment.
  7. Mojo
    Dec 22, 2011
    It gives all sorts of instrumentation the confidence to surprise us. [Nov 2011, p.102]

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