Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic 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. The lyrics run, uh, let’s say straightforward, but Black Kids know as well as any good sentimentalists that delivery is everything; teenage yearning couldn’t hope for a much better vehicle than their pouting power pop.
  3. 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.
  4. 82
    Reggie Youngblood's honest and witty dialogue of jealousy, loniness, and egotism vents interior frustrations while the other Kids synthesize sulk along the way. [Summer 2008, p.97]]
User Score
6.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 39 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 18
  2. Negative: 4 out of 18
  1. JimmieA.
    Sep 5, 2008
    9
    To bad that no new songs appeared on this one, but there are so many great songs that you don't mind hearing them over and over again.
  2. 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. Full Review »
  3. 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. Full Review »