Troubadour - The Stepkids
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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. 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. 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. 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 sounding different, the songs contain a certain modicum of cohesion as well. Expand