Black Kids – Partie Traumatic

August 4, 2008

If you were wondering what it would have sounded like had the Cure opted to pursue a career in disco pop, wonder no longer, as you have your answer in Jacksonville, Florida based band Black Kids. Throw some Cut Copy and the Go! Team and you’ll get a better sense of what their latest album, Partie Traumatic, sounds like overall. Though the faster tunes are catchy enough, “I’ve Underestimated My Charm (Again)” (love that 60’s style wrap-up !) and “I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You” in particular, Black Kids won me over with their more midtempo material, beginning with “Hurricane Jane” and “I’m Making Eyes At You.” On those songs, they seemed to be on surer ground, or at the very least, they seemed more relaxed and not trying so hard, and the songs end up imbued with an effortless sounding and vastly appealing charm. I don’t think Black Kids are at the top of their game yet, but Partie Traumatic is fun for the most part, and I recommend giving it a listen, especially if you happen to be a fan of indie dance pop.


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