Troubadour - The Stepkids
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Jan 27, 2014
    80
    The Stepkids' sense of fun and pop nous makes Troubadour a constantly entertaining listen. [Oct 2013, p.112]
  2. Sep 20, 2013
    80
    Troubadour delivers deeply rewarding pop from its stylistic risks eerily familiar at moments, but ever its own marvellous thing. [Oct 2013, p.96]
  3. Sep 9, 2013
    80
    Though the Stepkids themselves seem undecided on their signature sound, they boast a refreshing reluctance to limit possibility that ultimately translates into a truly original style of their own.
  4. Sep 9, 2013
    80
    Thankfully, the three-part harmonies and irresistible melodies that lit up the debut remain ever present, exemplified here on both Memoirs Of Grey and Sweet Salvation.
  5. Sep 9, 2013
    73
    It’s an adventurous, impressive display of instrumental can-do, a music nerd’s romp through high-fidelity magic that’s only occasionally hampered by insipid writing.
  6. Sep 9, 2013
    60
    The trio are adroit musicians with pleasant vocal abilities--loving the falsetto--and if you look past the over-indulgences, the album is solid, if not particularly memorable.
  7. Sep 9, 2013
    60
    Troubadour sounds like a mixtape from a chameleonic band that does many thing well, but nothing that's identifiable as them. [Aug-Sep 2013, p.94]
  8. Sep 9, 2013
    60
    Despite some missteps, like an attempt at rapping on "Bitter Bug" or a slight lapse into new age on "Symmetry," there are a handful of songs that redeem the ambling nature of the album.

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