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Stepchild Review

by Steven McDonald

Early-'70s soul keeps being reinvented, especially by guys with samplers who like to mine the vaults for interesting riffs and loops. The trouble here is that some fine ideas and singing are buried under layers of overproduction -- some clever harmony structures are squashed beneath the beats and bombed by the bass. This could have been quite an impressive release, but instead almost comes off as though the music and vocals occurred in two entirely separate universes.

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