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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
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!!!
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.Read more ›
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Classic party rock album with soul and melody!!! A must have!!!Published 6 days ago by bmoresveryown
I know I shouldn't like this album for some reason since I listen to so much alternative, punk, and Brit rock but this just hit a good spot in me. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Robert
Love Love Love the CD!
I honestly was just in love with the price of the CD and in love with 2 of the songs. Read more
I'm not gonna lie. I heard one of their songs on Glee and decided to learn more about them. I am happy that I did because I love this album. Read morePublished on March 24, 2012 by keyki421
I freakin love this album...i don't want to compare them to The Cure AT ALL..but if you like The Cure and you listen to dance and beats as well, you're gona love Black Kids.. Read morePublished on November 17, 2011 by framthisheart
I really enjoyed the cd, especially the way they play the instruments, with funky-ish rhythms, and the interesting beats they come up with. Read morePublished on June 9, 2011 by J. A. Martinez
This record kicks so hard, it's such a shame that this band doesn't get more press. MGMT wish their second disc sounded like this; if it had, music media outlets would be hailing... Read morePublished on August 3, 2010 by ben l
I have been listening a lot to The Black Kids. All the tracks on their Partie Traumatic album are very good. Read morePublished on July 24, 2010 by Pepe Rodriguez
I bought this album for my fiance and it came in perfect condition. Great price and very easy purchase!Published on February 5, 2010 by Nicholas Owen