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Debut album from the Florida group that Rolling Stone named "Artists to Watch" in 2008. Their first single. 'I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You' entered the UK Charts at #11. 'Partie Traumatic' was produced by former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler and is choc-full of equally effervescent pop songs just waiting to be heard. Judging by their live shows the song is an indie disco anthem in the making. A dash of disco, a dash or two of heartbreak and a rousing chorus, what else do you need? Sony. 2008.

1. Hit The Heartbreaks
2. Partie Traumatic
3. Listen To Your Body Tonight
4. Hurricane Jane
5. I'm Making Eyes At You
6. I've Underestimated My Charm (Again)
7. I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You
8. Love Me Already
9. I Wanna Be Your Limousine
10. Look At Me (When I Rock Wichoo)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 22, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: AlmostGold Recordings / Columbia
  • ASIN: B001AZI1XC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,012 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By UncertaintyPrinciple on July 24, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I find it funny how Black Kids can put out a great EP that critics rave over, then nine months later they release that same EP with slightly higher production values and few similar sounding songs, those same critics can be found trashing the record.

To me, it seems like it was cool to like the Black Kids when no one had heard of them, but as soon as they became the next big thing, critics couldnt wait to drop them. They'll blame the production values or the non-EP songs for the change in opinion, but objectively speaking, this album does not stray that far from their EP and the early negative reviews are more likely due to reviewers wanting to keep their rep than anything.

For me 'Partie Traumatic' reminds me of 'Hot Fuss' by the Killers. Both albums are based on great raw sounding EPs and both consist of a few great singles connected by lesser, yet decent tracks. Yes the production is higher on this than on 'Wizard of Ahhs', but its not a deal breaker by any means. Yes, the lyrics are a bit silly at times, but to me, bands like this serve the purpose of making fun, danceable music, rather than deep contemplative compositions. And here, they serve that purpose well.

If you like the Cure/New Wave/Dance then you will like this album. Its not super deep, but not incredibly shallow either, just a fun album by a band that critics/snobs are rebelling against right now
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Nse Ette TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 31, 2008
Format: Audio CD
As mentioned by another reviewer, US quintet The Black Kids (much like Brit duo The Ting Tings) are suffering from some backlash; it's okay to love and laud them while they're unknowns, then put them down when they hit the big time.

Ignore the snooty critics, this album is one of the best I acquired during my recent visit to the UK, even my cousin who isn't really into Rock music found it catchy.

Agreed, they do not reinvent the musical wheel (they largely toe the same line as "Hot fuss"-era Killers, especially opening cut "Hit the heartbreaks", complete with pseudo Brit accents) but still, their brand of dance/rock is incredibly catchy, from single "I'm not going to teach your boyfriend how to dance", the groovy pair of "Listen to your body tonight" and "Love me already", the buzzing Chic inspired "I wanna be your limousine", the slightly more downbeat but still brilliant "Hurricane Jane", to the Duran Duran channelling closing cut "Look at me (When I rock wichoo)", every song is upbeat and incredibly catchy.

The CD comprises just 10 songs, and there's really no need to go into each track as each is outstanding. Partie Traumatic? More like Partie Fantastic!!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Burnt Fur on August 8, 2008
Format: Audio CD
[...] a website I regularly go to for music news, couldn't even review this album but posted a score of 3.3 out of 10 and a cutesy picture of pugs where the review would be. It pretty much made me sick (except the pugs were there to stop me).

Over the past decade we've come to a point where a lot of people think they are alternative, but they just wear some of the clothes and buy some of the music some of the time. Then they make music themselves and things get really confusing. There are an equal number of people that latch on to indie bands like it's a cult, expecting each one to follow a pretentious code of indie conduct or be severed as unworthy. There's an identity crisis going on that leads to the pitchfork review--an inability to let go of definition and just have a good time. This is exactly what Black Kids do with their music. They don't appear to care if they are a geeky blend of new wave, Motown and Brit-pop set in Florida of all places. They sing unabashedly of teenage lust and getting out on the dance floor. They are not afraid to play simple melodies on their keyboards alongside their more complex rhythm section maneuvers. Like another band from the south I love, The B-52's, they sound like they are doing this because the songs are fun, without any pretention. This band is the real thing, but it isn't designed to blow your mind away because of it. They certainly are not looking to turn off the indie crowd in the process, but to look to their debut to fulfill any indie precedents of clever intellect, instrument use, or production is futile. They can't hear you from the dance floor and excuse me I need to join them.

The band didn't rise up through years of calculated self released material, contacting and negotiating with labels, promoters, etc.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Oliver Walsh on July 23, 2008
Format: MP3 Music
I'm not an audiophile, nor have i heard black kids earlier music, so this is just an ordinary joe review. I first heard black kids on npr's all song considered. The song was i'm not gonna teach your boyfriend how to dance with you and I was hooked to an infectious sound that reminds me of earlier b-52s. to me the album doesn't dissapoint with all the songs having an infectious, party till 3 am feel. No, this album won't make you rethink your life, relationships or your grocery list, but it will make time past quicker and as previous reviewer said 'put a smile on your face'. good cd worth downloading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Miller on October 2, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I am totally into the the Black Kids CD, which contains the hits "Hit the Heartbrakes", "Hurricane Jane", "I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend...", and "I've Underestimated My Charm". These are some of the best songs of the year and Summer of 2008. If you like the Cure, Duran Duran, and early 80s sounds you will love this CD. This should be on everyone's short list as CD of the year. All those songs list above came out on an earlier EP, but they are just as good here. My favorite song is "Hurricane Jane." It is pretty soulful and you can't help but play it about 10 times a day. The song that sounds most like the Cure is "I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend..." as they are paying homage to one of their favorite bands. I don't usually give out 5 stars, but when a CD is my favorite of the year, it is worthy.
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