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As the cultural tumult of the late 1960s gave way to the malaise of the early 1970s, the tone of American popular music began to change, and the rabble-rousing sound of the psychedelic era evolved into a more personal and contemplative approach. Two of the artists who defined this change were Carole King, who went from writing pop hits for The Shirelles, Little Eva and The Monkees to stepping out as a solo artist and releasing the top-selling Tapestry, and James Taylor, who after enjoying minor success with the band The Flying Machine became a superstar on the strength of songs like "Fire… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An infectiously fond look at a mellow moment in rock history."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"The film is entertaining but hardly penetrating."
‑ Aaron Hillis, Village Voice
"It's woeful as a documentary history -- a real missed opportunity."
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
"For any music lover, this doc offers sheer bliss and a warm bath of nostalgia for the '70s era of L.A.-based singer-songwriters."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Watching the warmly nostalgic "Troubadours" is like going to a reunion of old friends. You're so happy to see them again that you are willing to forgive whatever lapses and flaws there are in the experience."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"A key weakness of the documentary is that it doesn't do enough to refute the charges long leveled at the Laurel Canyon league by music critics."
‑ David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter
"Troubadours gets off on vague talk about community and a generous helping of tunes."
‑ Jesse Cataldo, Slant Magazine
"In the end, as another talking head points out, "the music always wins." And it did -- by a landslide."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Fans of James Taylor and Carole King rejoice"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"Troubadours is an amiable endeavor, if something of a puff piece."
‑ Pam Grady, Boxoffice Magazine
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