Partie Traumatic (2008) Reggie Youngblood opens the multiethnic Florida quintet's debut Partie Traumatic with a knock-knock joke about "the ghost in your underwear" — sung, for some reason,… 2008-07-22 Black Kids Indie Rock
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Partie Traumatic (2008)

Black Kids | THE BLACK KIDS ARE ALRIGHT Florida band's debut impressively channels '80s staples like the Cure
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THE BLACK KIDS ARE ALRIGHT Florida band's debut impressively channels '80s staples like the Cure
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Jul 22, 2008; Lead Performance: Black Kids; Genre: Indie Rock

Reggie Youngblood opens the multiethnic Florida quintet's debut Partie Traumatic with a knock-knock joke about ''the ghost in your underwear'' — sung, for some reason, in a faux-British accent that he maintains for the rest of the record. It's hard to take anything Black Kids does very seriously after that. Yet for all their more ridiculous tendencies, Youngblood and Co. have a real knack for crafting achingly romantic synth-pop tunes in the vein of the Cure and the Psychedelic Furs. Who says hipster irony and bleeding-heart sincerity can't work together? B+
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Originally posted Jul 25, 2008 Published in issue #1004 Aug 01, 2008 Order article reprints