Review: Black Kids, ‘Partie Traumatic’

Black Kids, ‘Partie Traumatic’: Aidin Vaziri | Few people heard it, but Black Kids’ “I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance With You” was one of last year’s classic singles, a dizzying rush of adrenaline and noise strapped to a rocket-powered melody. The Jacksonville, Fla., quintet’s first full-length album offers more frenetic blasts, such as “Hurricane Jane” and “I Wanna Be Your Limousine.” Yes, reports that suggest they sound like Robert Smith fronting the B-52’s are accurate. And, yes, not even former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler, fresh from producing Duffy, can make them sound like competent musicians. But that only goes to make “Partie Traumatic” everything a first album should be: absurd, joyful and stuffed with songs that make you want to swing from the chandeliers in your underwear.


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