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  • Audio CD (7 July 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mercury Records Ltd (London)
  • ASIN: B0017XFBQW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD |  Vinyl |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,178 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Florida five-piece Black Kids made a massive splash with their 2007 demo Wizard of Ahhhs, which garnered rave reviews in the UK and USA for its infectious energy and youthful joie de vivre. Commandeering former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler as their producer, the band now present their debut album, Partie Traumatic. All the songs from the EP are present, albeit freshly revamped versions, and are joined by new songs that maintain the group's ardent party spirit. Lead vocalist Reggie Youngblood’s yelping vocals--reminiscent of Dr Robert Smith--are matched to a sound that's part Arcade Fire, part Franz Ferdinand in its mix of arching melodies, catchy hooks, and shiny disco-electro synths. Much of the album is aimed squarely at the dancefloor, with songs like the soaring "I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You,” "I've Underestimated My Charm (Again)," the pulsing “I Wanna Be Your Limousine” and the title track qualifying as bonafide anthems. As the record wears on, its relentlessly upbeat nature can begin to feel like you're being smacked over the head with a drum machine, though gentler tunes such as “I'm Making Eyes At You” serve to break things up a little. And while the soundtrack is a modernist mish-mash of everything you've heard before, Youngblood’s lyrics have a surprising air of originality, and contain some genuine pearls of wisdom. Like 'em or loathe 'em, chances are you'll be singing along to the Black Kids a lot this summer.

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Florida five-piece Black Kids didn't exactly have a lot to live up to when walking in the footsteps of their Jacksonville musical forefathers. Having previously enjoyed the dubious pleasure of claiming Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst as its most famous local citizen-done-good, the city was doubtless ecstatic about the arrival of the aptly-named Reggie Youngblood and his band of neon-bedecked renegades. Unfortunately for them, debut album. Partie Traumatic serves to prove that the kids in America are not the cutting-edge voices of a generation that they once were. Either sorely beaten to it by Brazilian eccentrics, Cansei De Ser Sexy, or unashamed copycats of their tribe-like aesthetic, the Kids are yet another in the line of shouty gangs who somewhere along the way forgot the importance of a melody.

The record starts positively enough with the catchy chorus of Hit The Heartbreaks, but once you've heard the track in its entirety you've been there, done that as far as the rest of the album is concerned. Youngblood's desperate yelp of a vocal becomes irritating by the second song, stopping only briefly on the highlight I'm Making Eyes At You, during which he softens, allowing for a sweet boy-girl harmony. The track also sports a gorgeous synth ditty, reminiscent of Alison Moyet's Only You.

It's best to make the most of this misfitting interlude, as the teenage tantrum continues immediately in its wake. The lyrics are undeniably superior to the tunes, which themselves have been given an evident and improving production polish by former Suede guitarist, Bernard Butler. Youngblood offers valuable life insight to teens who are too green to have been touched by Brandon Flowers' tale of heartbreak, Mr Brightside. Indeed, many a young man could learn a valuable lesson from the line, "You can't treat women like hotels", from Love Me Already.

It's a sentiment which is typical of the album as a whole. Great; but only if you're too young to have heard it all before. --Keira Burgess

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