Big D and the Kids Table
Stroll


4.0
excellent

Review

by Thompson D. Gerhart STAFF
June 15th, 2013 | 26 replies


Release Date: 06/11/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: While it may not be Fluent, Stroll is still an excellent release in Big D's pioneering genre.

The biggest issue I initially had with Stroll was that it didn't wholly play into my expectations of another "stroll" release from Big D and the Kids Table. For those unaware, "stroll" is a ska subgenre Big D pioneered on 2009's outstanding and appropriately titled Fluent in Stroll. The sounds of Fluent in Stroll take a more relaxed approach to upbeat ska, shaking off punk influence to favor surf rock, swing, and lounge contributions. The sound was rounded out by a section of female vocalists (known as the "Doped Up Dollies") who complimented primary Big D vocalist David McWane with an assortment of playground rhymes old and new ramped-up to meet the laid back yet high energy sound of the album.

But no, Stroll doesn't exactly duplicate the sound of it's true predecessor and it doesn't carry out the legacy of the "stroll" subgenre in a linear fashion. There's a little too much reggae influence scattered through the album ("Put It In a Song" and "Trust In Music" being the chiefest offenders) that doesn't really fit with the previous mold or the one cast by the rest of the album. The random scattering of these tracks hampers the album by disrupting its otherwise fluid stroll and can be jarring enough on the first few listens to make you worry about the overall quality of the music.

Yet, Stroll proves itself to be an unconventional grower of an album - mostly because rather than providing tracks which require thoughtful aural digestion, it offers a platter consisting mostly of immediately satisfying tracks presented with some garbage as garnish. While the majority of the course is a treat, taking the time to toss away the garbage is a chore. But it's a chore that proves worthwhile.

Some of the best and most crucial parts of Fluent make a triumphant return on Stroll, most notably the powerhouse performances and prominence of the Doped Up Dollies and their incredibly catchy lyrics. From the fast and fluid "I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I thought you knew karate" of "Young Suckers" to the swinging "rough and tough Boston boy" serenade of "What I Got," the Doped Up Dollies are on point as the best addition Big D have ever made to their sound. Without these ladies, "stroll" would exist as neither subgenre nor album.

Stroll also brings back the childlike rhyming and onomatopoetic relief, replete with hand clapping and hip-swaying grooves on tracks like "Spit that Champagne Out." This is a relief, considering the bleak disaster that was For the Damned, the Dumb, and the Delirious, which raised some serious questions about the group's direction (and perhaps causing the split that provides us with both Stroll and Stomp this year). Nonetheless, it's a pleasure to hear that the group can still capture the wonder present since Strictly Rude's "Shining On" and if the price for that is a few misplaced reggae experiments, it's a fair price to pay.

While it's not a perfect album from start to finish and while it may not quite measure up to Big D's last "stroll" release, Stroll finds Big D playing around at the top of their game. And for successes like the dark, Latin inspired opener "Knife" or the spacey reggae incorporations of "Our First Day" (not to mention the more "typical" stroll tracks of the album), it's well worth the growing pains and patient listening.



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AtomicWaste
Staff Reviewer
June 15th 2013


2043 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Big D crowdsourced this one. If you haven't heard this or Fluent, you're missing out.

Check it:

http://stompandstroll.bandcamp.com/album/stroll

Stomp is pretty excellent, too.

Digging: Damascus - When Last We Met

Tyrael
June 15th 2013


20971 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I HAD NO IDEA THIS WAS COMING OUT WAT

last one was pretty weak, I'll check this out tho

AtomicWaste
Staff Reviewer
June 15th 2013


2043 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Last one sucked. This is pretty boss (with a few key missteps)

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
June 15th 2013


6515 Comments


Is the first song one of them, because tbh that didn't do much for me.

Tyrael
June 15th 2013


20971 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

As sputnik's self-proclaimed ska authority I'll listen to this until it clicks dammit

also, sweet review!

AtomicWaste
Staff Reviewer
June 15th 2013


2043 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I like "Knife," but even that kinda had to grow on me.

Crawl
June 15th 2013


1647 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Stomp probably sucks, right?

XingKing
June 15th 2013


11078 Comments


Had no idea these guys were still making music. I've always had a strong love hate relationship with them, so let's give this a spin

AtomicWaste
Staff Reviewer
June 15th 2013


2043 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

"Stomp probably sucks, right?"

Stomp's not bad! Actually pretty decent ska/punk. Not as memorable as this, though.

breakingthefragile
June 16th 2013


2966 Comments


Congrats on the feature. This certainly stands out on the front page lol.

Digging: Molly Drake - Molly Drake

Crawl
June 16th 2013


1647 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Are you gonna review Stomp as well?

Blackbelt54
June 16th 2013


4276 Comments


I gotta get these, these guys were pretty much my favorite band about 5 years ago

porch
June 16th 2013


8460 Comments


alternate summary: ska sucks big d

Tyrael
June 16th 2013


20971 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

As expected, this is neat

yay

alachlahol
June 16th 2013


7515 Comments


1. band plays ska

2. vocalist is named big d

3. band took it even further and plays shitty 'lounge' ska



pass

alachlahol
June 16th 2013


7515 Comments


cant wait to see this in the $5 bin at kmart, ill just stroll on by haha

AtomicWaste
Staff Reviewer
June 16th 2013


2043 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

2. vocalist is named big d

Not at all. Thanks for playing.

Are you gonna review Stomp as well?

It may take me another week, but I think I'll try to. Unfortunately, my work and personal life both have me pretty busy most of the time now, so finding time will be the only issue. It's not a bad album - probably the best real ska-punk thing Big D have done in quite some time, but I still see some Strictly Rude influence in there.

Glad some of you guys are enjoying this! If it's not your thing, well, hey, that's music for ya.

alachlahol
June 16th 2013


7515 Comments


doesnt even matter. the band, the vocalist, names of pets they ran over (retarded),, its all the same horrible

Tyrael
June 16th 2013


20971 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

cmon alach you can do better

Spec
June 16th 2013


27298 Comments


Sweet ill check it.



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