Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critic Reviews

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. Filter
    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]]
  5. 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.
  6. Partie Traumatic is the sexiest, most outrageous outright pop album of ’08 so far, hard not to love and (seemingly) even easier to lay.
  7. Almost everything here sounds like a hit waiting to happen, equipped with a tune strong enough to be heard above the hype--or the hype about the hype or the people complaining about the hype about the hype--and memorable enough to make the idea that Black Kids will be forgotten by Christmas seem a highly unlikely suggestion
  8. Youngbloods triumph with unpretentious pop.
  9. 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.
  10. Urb
    Black Kids' conviction and raw talent has made for a record that far outshines a majority of their blog brethren. [Jul/Aug 2008, p.84]
  11. The group's rocket ride appears to have preserved its more appealingly eccentric tendencies: frontman Reggie Youngblood's ridiculous yelp of a singing voice, for instance, or Dawn Watley's ultra-cheesy synth lines, which quote pretty much every new wave hit of the '80s.
  12. Black Kids merits your attention, and Partie Traumatic is a confident, fun debut.
  13. Mojo
    The space disco of 'I've Underestimated My Charm (Again)' and Listen To Your Body Tonight' are destines for repeat plays on this summer's festival circuit. [Aug 2008, p.106]
  14. Q Magazine
    The truth is that Youngblood writes terrific, instantly memorable pop songs, their fashionable new-wave cool rubbing against an urgent, almost disco undertow. [Aug 2008, p.141]
  15. Partie Traumatic is a very good debut that manages to earn a huge chunk of the hype that was thrown willy-nilly in the band's direction.
  16. Black Kids’ peppy songs juggle yelpy Cure-style lead vocals, beats from the intersection of new wave and disco, wordplay (“Hit the Heartbrakes,” “I get angst in my pants”), comic synthesizer squeals and, under it all, enough ache to justify all that desperate sublimation.
  17. While they could tone down the synth on their next effort, this disc definitely lives up to the hype.
  18. The Florida band's music is pleasingly random, too. One minute they're new romantics or dour indie kids, then, before youve had a chance to draw breath, they're apeing the Ronettes.
  19. Moving basslines and driving, bouncy drumming run under brass backing, bright keys and group-sung vocal harmonies throughout Partie Traumatic's joyous entirety.
  20. None of it is revolutionary, and all of it is so steeped in early-'80s new wave that it's tempting to dismiss Black Kids as mere revivalists. But their revisions have verve.
  21. With Brit-pop vet Bernard Butler behind the decks, these Floridians still toss out an impressive 10-song party grenade.
  22. 70
    Youngblood's tunes are so clever it's easy to overlook the commitment to new wave it took for him to avoid wasting his love of wordplay on folk music. [Aug 2008, p.84]
  23. As far as eagerly anticipated debuts go, Partie Traumatic is loose and unforced in its extreme eagerness to please.
  24. Alternative Press
    The underwhelming title cut underscores the superiority of the first four Black Kids songs, but their transition from MySpace to major label is an overall success. [Sep 2008, p.162]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 40 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 40
  2. Negative: 9 out of 40
  1. Jul 26, 2021
    i give a ten because the musics is so f_cking nice !!! One of the best songs i never listen in my entire life 10 10
  2. JimmieA.
    Sep 5, 2008
    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.
  3. BrianS.
    Aug 18, 2008
    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 »