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Partie Traumatic

Black Kids

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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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Let's keep things in perspective...

...I'll be honest. Black Kids are not my favorite band, not my ultimate cup of tea, but the quality of the album is pretty solid. Listening to the album does get my head bobbing, and I do think it's a fun sound, to an extent. In fact, I appreciate that it's a slight change of pace from the repetitiveness of the junk that is today's hip-hop or pop hits. But "Partie Traumatic" is far from the "must-have" album that fans and critics alike would hype it to be. The sound is not wholly original (what sound is these days?), and I'm sorry, BK fans, but the lyrics are mediocre at best. As I've heard other folks say, if I wanted to buy music of this nature, I'd hit the original artists that pioneered the sound. That being said, I'm wishing the Black Kids the best of luck to keep themselves going (Being from Jacksonville, I love when I see bands from here succeed). I look forward to seeing what they do next!

You need this on your playlist!

This is a great album and a great band. These guys are so fresh and fun. All the songs are catchy and they make you want to dance, but don't expect me to teach you how!! LOL

Can't get enough Black Kids

An incredible album from a band I have been following from the beginning. I highly recommend Partie Traumatic. Can't wait to see you guys on Letterman the 24th!

Biography

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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