Troubadour (CD)


The Stepkids

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Amoeba Review

09/09/2013

The Stepkids make the kind of intricate studio pop once created by the likes of Steely Dan, with carefully syncopated beats, jazz chords and unpredictable changes. Singer/guitarist Jeff Gitelman spent years honing his skills, playing with Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys before starting his own band, and that professionalism shows, as songs like "The Lottery" were rehearsed and recorded live—perfectly—without unnatural sounding overdubs. This isn't to say Stepkids aren't any fun; the synths of "Desert in the Dark" sound like The Neptunes, if they programmed beats using an NES. And "Black Cow" bounce of the title track and manic energy of the hip-hop-flavored "Bitter Bug" make for a late-album, back-to-back blast. Gitelman and co. clearly have been around the block and know their stuff. Let's hope making an album as great as Troubador finds them settling down for good with The Stepkids.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Memoirs of Grey
The Stepkids 02:35
2.
The Lottery
The Stepkids 03:50
3.
Desert in the Dark
The Stepkids 04:35
4.
Insecure Troubadour
The Stepkids 04:08
5.
Sweet Salvation
The Stepkids 05:00
6.
Symmetry
The Stepkids 04:46
7.
Moving Pictures
The Stepkids 04:50
8.
Bitter Bug
The Stepkids 04:30
9.
Brutal Honesty
The Stepkids 02:31
10.
The Art of Forgetting
The Stepkids 04:54

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