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  • Summary: The quintet from Jacksonville, Florida, releases its debut album produced by Bernard Butler.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 32
  2. Negative: 2 out of 32
  1. Listen to your body tonight. They made themselves up, and they're strictly for real.
  2. 80
    Kissing goodbye to the obsolete racial and gender roles that pop, hip-hop, or indie rock still demand, Youngblood and pals throw a thrillingly subversive victory party to lift the country out of eight years of anguish.
  3. While they could tone down the synth on their next effort, this disc definitely lives up to the hype.
  4. Pay no attention to the hype--after all, it didn't do Vampire Weekend any harm--and sit back and listen to one of the most purely enjoyable albums of this year.
  5. With Brit-pop vet Bernard Butler behind the decks, these Floridians still toss out an impressive 10-song party grenade.
  6. 60
    There's some interesting things going on here.... Sadly, Bernard Butler's production often feels thin and tinny, which isn't just sad, but avoidable, too. [Aug 2008, p.92]
  7. Black Kids are trying too hard, plain and simple.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 18
  2. Negative: 4 out of 18
  1. RyanY.
    Jul 23, 2008
    10
    It's catchy start to finish. about 5 standout cuts. Why hate?
  2. ChristopherL.
    Aug 4, 2008
    10
    The Blacks Kids debut full length is undoubtedly a departure from their darker versions of the music presented in the free wizard e.p. ,as The Blacks Kids debut full length is undoubtedly a departure from their darker versions of the music presented in the free wizard e.p. ,as far as production. You have to give it a second listen!!! This is an awesome album that only suffers from preconcocted notions of what you THOUGHT they were gonna do. Once you can let this album be judged on its own merit, watch out haters, this could easily be the first round knock out punch album of the year, with the black kids working their magic in an astounding 38 minutes. Wow!!! Time flies when your having fun. Expand
  3. W
    Jul 22, 2008
    8
    Very good pop album. Ignore the hype, ignore the pitchfork shit review, give it a chance and enjoy it for what it is. A fun dance record.
  4. BrianS.
    Aug 18, 2008
    8
    Derivative, yes. I hear influences from The Cure (the singer actually sounds a bit like Robert Smith), Prince and nearly every power pop band Derivative, yes. I hear influences from The Cure (the singer actually sounds a bit like Robert Smith), Prince and nearly every power pop band that ever existed. Is it a Blonde on Blonde, Sgt. Peppe, Marquee Moon or Nevermind? Of course not, but the songs are catchy and fun. The perfect summer record. Expand
  5. DanielC.
    Jul 25, 2008
    5
    Uh, no. This band was overhyped from the get go and, although they may have shown a little promise on their free ep, the dazzling production Uh, no. This band was overhyped from the get go and, although they may have shown a little promise on their free ep, the dazzling production ect. gets them nowhere. I'm not sure why the critics scored it so high, especially considering the apologetic tone in their reviews. This album is utterly disposable, though it's good for maybe two spins. Expand
  6. Alex
    Jul 22, 2008
    4
    Wow. A band that blatantly rips off the B-52s, adds the vocals from Hot Hot Heat, and throws in an "awkward indie" sound. There are 3 songs Wow. A band that blatantly rips off the B-52s, adds the vocals from Hot Hot Heat, and throws in an "awkward indie" sound. There are 3 songs that I MIGHT listen to on a day riddled with boredom (Charm (Again), Limousine, and Hurricane) but there are a majority of completely forgettable songs on this album. There's a difference between giving kudos to an older band by ripping them off then making it sound good and ripping off their sound then just sounding disastrous. This band CAPTURES the latter. Expand
  7. FelipeP.
    Jul 22, 2008
    0
    Very boring and overrated.

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