The Stepkids, Troubadour

Sharon O'Connell

By Sharon O'Connell

on 10.26.13 in Reviews

It’s a fine line between respectful acknowledgement and craven homage, but this Connecticut trio show their continued, unwavering good judgment with the follow-up to 2011′s self-titled debut. Troubadour is an(other) impeccable demonstration of the benefits of jazz, classical and R&B-pop training, balancing pin-sharp musicianship with the controlled looseness that exercises in tripped-out funk and sun-dappled, experimental soul demand. The spirits of OutKast, Chick Corea, Steely Dan, Bobby Womack and Stevie Wonder hover nearby, but the record streaks off into a fabulously colored stratosphere that’s entirely its creators’ own.