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Despite a somewhat misleading moniker (the only black kids in Black Kids are siblings Ali and Reggie Youngblood), this debut delivers on its title with tunes so fun and danceable that the "party 'til you puke" cliché could be a prophecy if these songs fuel the soundtrack to an all-nighter. The Jacksonville, Florida quintet was championed by hipster tastemakers Vice magazine and Pitchfork Media after they uploaded the 2006 EP Wizard of Ahhhs to their MySpace page. Subsequently, Black Kids became the darlings of 2007's CMJ Music Marathon. They made the buzz work for them, landing a deal with Almost Gold Recordings and getting former Suede guitar player Bernard Butler to produce and play on Partie Traumatic. The album overflows with fizzing, bubbly, neo-new wave dance-pop, sometimes leaning on bits of '70s glam (the title track sounds inspired by Roxie Music's "Love Is The Drug"), endearing indie twee-pop ("Listen To Your Body Tonight" leans hard on Moog keyboards), and late '80s goth pop ("I'm Making Eyes At You" recalls The Cure's "Lullaby"). The anthemic Go! Team inspired "I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You" is even better than its awesome title.

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Catchy but Average.

With two promising singles under their belt, the debut album from Black Kids was looking like it was shaping up to be an irresistable slice of indie pop, however unfortunately the result falls slightly flat from the high expectations. The aforementioned "Hurricane Jane" and "I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance" are two examples of Partie Traumatic's more successful side; well produced, emotively sung and both with a killer hook that stays in your head a long time after the final seconds of the song fade out. It's unfortunate however that most of the remaining tracks have a tendancy to blend into one, lacking much of the identity the first two singles claimed. It's only on the epic "Look at Me" and the melancholy "I'm Making Eyes at You" that Black Kids truly live up to their promise in delivering a punchy and spiking pop oddessy . Regardless of the dissapointment, this is a promising debut that will hopefully be seen in a much more productive future as a launching pad for a better sound.

I actually really like this.

this album is a major grower, on first listen i was not keen on some of the sounds but by the second play i was humming a long, and dare i say, enjoying the record. every track is a good concise pop song with a killer hook, the bonus track cuts off unexpectedly though leaving a slightly unsatisfying end to the album. i would really recomend this album to anyone who likes pop music, indie or even dance!!!!!! black kids may just be on e of those buzz bands who stick around! Top 5 Songs: 1 I'm not gonna teach your boyfriend.... 2 Hit the Heartbraeaks 3 Hurricane Hane 4 Love me Al ready 5 I've under estimated my charms.

Amen, Rafal

As a demonstration of how pop eats itself every 20 years, this would get 100%.


Formed: Jacksonville, FL

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Once again demonstrating the power of the Internet in breaking new bands, in a matter of months the Black Kids came from obscurity to become one of the most talked-about bands at the 2007 CMJ Music Marathon, all on the basis of four songs posted on the band's MySpace page and a lot of buzz among music bloggers. Hailing from Jacksonville, FL, the Black Kids consist of Reggie Youngblood on guitar and lead vocals, Ali Youngblood and Dawn Watley on keyboards and backing vocals, Owen Holmes on bass, and...
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