It's All About the Stragglers

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It's All About the Stragglers
ItsAllAboutTheStragglers.jpg
Studio album by
Released20 November 2000
Recorded1998–2000
Genre
Length51:20
Label
Producer
  • Pete Devereux
  • Mark Hill[4]
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[1]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music[5]
Entertainment WeeklyB[4]
The Province[6]
Rolling Stone[7]
The Sun-Herald4/10[8]

It's All About the Stragglers is the only studio album by the English garage duo Artful Dodger.[9] It was released on 20 November 2000 by London Records. The album contains eight different vocalists, including Craig David.[10]

Production[edit]

The album was recorded on a small budget in a room next to a Southampton radio station.[11]

Critical reception[edit]

The A.V. Club wrote: "Artful Dodger has always represented the lighter side of two-step, but without other artists' tracks to counter its airy levity, It's All About The Stragglers is a middling effort that makes for a less-than-thrilling introduction to an otherwise thrilling genre."[12] Exclaim! thought that "Craig David effortlessly commands the pulsing groove of 'Whatcha Gonna Do'."[13] Billboard called It's All About the Stragglers an "R&B-conscious, club-rooted, classically arranged album."[14] The Chicago Tribune opined that "chances are that teens will be befuddled by the studio geekery and dance experts will scoff at its conscious fluffiness, but tunes like 'Think about Me' are an apt reminder that not all contemporary pop has to be a guilty pleasure to be fun."[15]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Think About Me" (featuring Michelle Escoffery) – 4:35
  2. "Re-Rewind" (Radio Edit) (featuring Craig David) – 4:02
  3. "Outrageous" (featuring Lyn Eden) – 4:14
  4. "Please Don't Turn Me On" (Radio Edit) (featuring Lifford) – 3:43
  5. "TwentyFourSeven" (featuring Nicole) – 3:48
  6. "Something" (featuring Lifford) – 4:18
  7. "Movin' Too Fast" (featuring Romina Johnson) – 3:54
  8. "R U Ready" (featuring MC Alistair) – 4:39
  9. "I Can't Give It Up" (featuring Nadia) – 4:03
  10. "Woman Trouble" (Radio Edit) (featuring Robbie Craig and Craig David) – 4:00
  11. "What You Gonna Do?" (featuring Craig David) – 4:00
  12. "It Ain't Enough" (Radio Edit) (featuring MZ May and MC Alistair) – 3:41
  13. "We Should Get Together" (featuring Nadia) – 4:06
  14. "Think About Me" (Artful Dodger 3 Step Mix) – 5:29
  15. "Please Don't Turn Me On" (Artful Dodger UK Garage Remix) – 5:44

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "It's All About the Stragglers - The Artful Dodger | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic" – via www.allmusic.com.
  2. ^ Gribbins, Keith. "Artful Dodger". Cleveland Scene.
  3. ^ "Music" – via www.wired.com.
  4. ^ a b "It's All About the Stragglers". EW.com.
  5. ^ Larkin, Colin (2006). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Volume 1: MUZE. p. 260.CS1 maint: location (link)
  6. ^ Derdeyn, Stuart (2 Oct 2001). "Quick Spins". The Province. p. B11.
  7. ^ Walters, Barry (Apr 26, 2001). "Sincere/It's All About the Strugglers". Rolling Stone (867): 59–60.
  8. ^ Holmes, Peter (21 Jan 2001). "SPINS". The Sun-Herald. Metro. p. 9.
  9. ^ "The Artful Dodger | Biography & History". AllMusic.
  10. ^ "Two-Step Garage". CMJ New Music Monthly. CMJ Network, Inc. January 9, 2001 – via Google Books.
  11. ^ "Pop CD of the week: Artful Dodger | The Guardian | guardian.co.uk". www.theguardian.com.
  12. ^ "Artful Dodger: It's All About The Stragglers". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 8 June 2021.
  13. ^ "Artful Dodger It's All About The Stragglers | Exclaim!". exclaim.ca.
  14. ^ "It's All About the Stragglers". Billboard.
  15. ^ Cawn, Brad (24 June 2001). "RECORDINGS". Chicago Tribune. ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT. p. 7.
  16. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  17. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  18. ^ "End of Year Album Chart Top 100 – 2000". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  19. ^ "The Official UK Albums Chart 2001" (PDF). UKChartsPlus. Retrieved 21 March 2021.