Troubadour

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  • Record Label: Stones Throw
  • Genre(s): Rap, R&B, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Neo-Soul, Alternative R&B, Acid Jazz
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. 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.
  2. Mojo
    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. Q Magazine
    Jan 27, 2014
    80
    The Stepkids' sense of fun and pop nous makes Troubadour a constantly entertaining listen. [Oct 2013, p.112]
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Under The Radar
    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]
  7. 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.

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  1. Sep 23, 2014
    8
    They've put out a pretty neat collection of different sounds. Very playful in nature and a good album to listen because despite all soundingThey've put out a pretty neat collection of different sounds. Very playful in nature and a good album to listen because despite all sounding different, the songs contain a certain modicum of cohesion as well. Expand