Black Kids
Partie Traumatic


1.5
very poor

Review

by Adam Downer STAFF
July 20th, 2008 | 71 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: These guys are named Black Kids. How edgy.

Usually I’m not very hard on albums by up-and-coming acts, but with Partie Traumatic, I feel as though Florida blogtastic quintet Black Kids are begging me to hate them. From the album’s opening lyric on “Hit the Heartbreaks,” the grade school zinger ”Knock knock? Who’s There? Call the ghost in your underwear! Call the ghost in your underwear who? Call the ghost in your underwear boo!” it’s difficult to expect much more than over-the-top, cringe-inducing, swagger-glam pop with absolutely no substance behind it whatsoever. And Black Kids deliver in full. “Hit the Heartbreaks” exemplifies nearly all the problems Partie Traumatic will deliver in it’s ten song duration: Youngblood’s howl is strained far past the point of emotional weight, the lyrics are absolutely atrocious, the production squeezes away any depth by throwing way too much at a wall, resulting in nothing sticking whatsoever. And the worst part is: it doesn't get better.

One of the great benefactors of internet buzz, Black Kids have been so (un)fortunate as to receive the “next big thing” label from pinnacles of music knowledge like NME and the Associated Press. Maybe this is largely due to the fact American Society can still be shocked by the racial exploitation in naming one’s band Black Kids, something frontman Reggie Youngblood took into account when baptizing the group (curiously, he didn’t take into account that the majority of his band was white.) But as songs like lead single “I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance With You” make so painfully clear, Black Kids really have nothing to offer. The music is mediocre, the lyrics are horrendous, and the songs aren’t good, plain and simple. On “I’m Not Gonna…” Youngblood yelps with miserable attempts at irony (or maybe just terrible sincerity) “I’m not gonna teach him how to dance with you. He’s got two left feet and he bites my moves” as though his audience should take sympathy on his dilemma. Toss behind this cheesy cliché synth lines, counting pre-choruses, and a doo-doo bridge and you get the most generic of indie pop songs this side of The Killers. As the lead single, “I’m Not Gonna…” sets the bar shockingly low for a band with as much critical acclaim as Black Kids have garnered, and Partie Traumatic never recovers.

Not that it tries to, really. As the album progresses, it becomes increasingly apparent that the singles are meant to be the standard for Partie Traumatic to match. All the songs are similarly dancey, overproduced, and frankly forgettable tracks with few bright spots to speak of. Not for lack of effort, mind you. It’s obvious that Black Kids desperately want to be liked/quirky/fun/etc as evidenced in their sex crazed lyrics, their unrelenting grip on one tempo, and the 80’s post punk vocal style of Reggie Youngblood. So it’s no surprise that Partie Traumatic feels forced and simply irritating, like a friend trying to push his band with extreme hype and gimmicks. For example, early album track “Listen to Your Body Tonight” features a conversation between a girl and her body, and Black Kids take the opportunity to rhyme “bedroom” with “boom boom.” It’s an annoying concept no doubt, and like their album, Black Kids don’t pick up on how much of a failure it is. Their extreme desire to make a “sexy” record is palpable, resulting in several lyrics and songs that lack any emotional depth, which serves as a key aspect to why Partie Traumatic is such a mess.

In the end, the effort the band put into trying to make a specific record is what causes Partie Traumatic to be such a straight up debacle. Black Kids are trying too hard, plain and simple. There are few glimpses on Partie Traumatic where Black Kids take the music out of fifth gear and relax, and though these moments are the only things worth taking away from the record, their occurences are few, far between, and all too brief.. “Hurricane Jane,” for example, has a legitimate groove to it, and Black Kids never sound more likable than in the chorus of ”You can’t spend the night.” Of course, the moment’s destroyed before long, as Youngblood destroys it with an earnest cry of ”I took something and it feels like karate; it's kicked me down and left me for dead!” Pretensions like that are what destroy Partie Traumatic. Simply put: Black Kids think they’re hot shit (“I’ve Underestimated My Charm (Again)” should win a prize for most delusional song title of 2008), and who wants to listen to a bunch of posers with nothing to back up their boasts? It didn’t work with Kevin Federline, and it doesn’t work with Black Kids either.



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Electric City
Staff Reviewer
July 21st 2008


15738 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

It was hard not to turn this into a rant. album sucks kthxbye

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Burn2Burn
July 21st 2008


2378 Comments


i was pretty sure this was going to be on top 10 lists tbh.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
July 21st 2008


4927 Comments


Saw a black kid wearing a Black Kids t-shirt, how edgy

astrel
July 21st 2008


2614 Comments


that is your post-modern unfunny pseudo-irony at work.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
July 21st 2008


4927 Comments


actually, it's the truth :/This Message Edited On 07.21.08

astrel
July 21st 2008


2614 Comments


Sorry, I was talking about the person wearing the shirt. I worded that really badly.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
July 21st 2008


4927 Comments


ohhhh hahaha (convo done for EC's review purposes)

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
July 21st 2008


17920 Comments


watch as electric city expresses his fear of black people through pretending to not fear black people

Shoot Them
July 21st 2008


81 Comments


will you amazingly white hipsters stop argueing

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
July 21st 2008


4927 Comments


at least I'm not an amazing gay metal head judging by your glamor shot avatar of what looks to be the lead singer of OpethThis Message Edited On 07.21.08

Shoot Them
July 21st 2008


81 Comments


what a meany

FooFighters123
July 21st 2008


73 Comments


what a meany


what a moron

FooFighters123
July 21st 2008


73 Comments


lol

astrel
July 21st 2008


2614 Comments


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHpo2IG7HvE

I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend music video. It's a must watch.

iarescientists
July 21st 2008


5863 Comments


that was awesome

JAV
July 21st 2008


1939 Comments


Wow...

AtavanHalen
July 21st 2008


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Ouch.
This review was way too mean. I enjoyed it regardless.
I'm Not Gonna Teach is one of my favourite songs of the year.

HighandDriving
July 21st 2008


3288 Comments


Good review, I like it when a reviewer rips into a band intelligently.

Aficionado
July 21st 2008


1027 Comments


This band is fucking terrible
fucking

natey
July 21st 2008


4170 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

You're ignoring how catchy it is. I've only heard the single though



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