Partie Traumatic

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Partie Traumatic
Studio album by Black Kids
Released July 7, 2008
Recorded December 2007 – April 2008
West Heath Studios, London, England
Genre Indie rock, Indie pop
Length 38:09
Label Almost Gold / Columbia (USA)
Mercury (EU)
Producer Bernard Butler
Singles from Partie Traumatic
  1. "I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance with You"
    Released: April 7, 2008
  2. "Hurricane Jane"
    Released: June 23, 2008
  3. "Look at Me (When I Rock Wichoo)"
    Released: September 8, 2008
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
The A.V. Club (B)[2]
Billboard (?)[3]
Entertainment Weekly (B+)[4]
The New York Times (?)[5]
NME 8/10 stars[6]
Pitchfork Media (3.3/10)[7]
Robert Christgau (A-)[8]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[9]
Spin 4/5 stars[10]
The Village Voice (?)[11]

Partie Traumatic is the debut album by American Indie rock band Black Kids, released by Almost Gold on July 7, 2008 in the United Kingdom, and released by Columbia Records on July 22, 2008 in North America.[12] The album debuted at #5 on the UK Albums chart and placed on several year-end best albums lists.

According to bassist Owen Holmes, the album got its title from an instructional Artie Traum DVD on how to play the guitar which Holmes and Reggie Youngblood rented from their local library. The band played with the name Artie Traum, calling him Partie Traum and eventually Partie Traumatic.[13]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Black Kids

  1. "Hit the Heartbrakes" – 3:44
  2. "Partie Traumatic" – 3:10
  3. "Listen to Your Body Tonight" – 3:08
  4. "Hurricane Jane" – 4:32
  5. "I'm Making Eyes at You" – 4:29
  6. "I've Underestimated My Charm (Again)" – 3:55
  7. "I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance with You" – 3:37
  8. "Love Me Already" – 4:04
  9. "I Wanna Be Your Limousine" – 3:16
  10. "Look at Me (When I Rock Wichoo)" – 4:11

Personnel[edit]

  • Owen Holmes – bass guitar
  • Kevin Snow – drums
  • Dawn Watley – keyboards and vocals
  • Ali Youngblood – keyboards and vocals
  • Reggie Youngblood – guitar and vocals
  • Makoto Sakamoto - bongos on "Partie Traumatic" and "Love Me Already"
  • Producer: Bernard Butler
  • Mastering: Chris Potter at Alchemy Studio
  • Engineer: Seb Lewsley
  • Mixing: Lexxx at Miloco Studios and Olympic Studios
  • Assisting: David Emery, Matt Paul, Adrian Breakspear
  • Album design: Brendon Clark and Black Kids
  • Photography: Dean Chalkley
  • Published by Universal Music Publishing Ltd.
  • Recorded at West Heath Studios In England

Charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak position
UK Albums Chart 5
US Billboard 200 127

Honors[edit]

  • Best of 2008 (#4) – New York Post, December 2008 [14]
  • 50 Best Albums of the Year (#39) – The Observer, December 2008 [15]
  • The 40 Best Albums of 2008 (#22) – Spin, December 2008 [16]
  • The Top 50 Albums of 2008 (#43) – NME, December 2008 [17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ The A.V. Club review
  3. ^ Billboard review
  4. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  5. ^ The New York Times review
  6. ^ NME review
  7. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  8. ^ Robert Christgau review
  9. ^ Rolling Stone review
  10. ^ Spin review
  11. ^ The Village Voice review
  12. ^ Dave Maher (May 1, 2008). "Black Kids Sign to Columbia for U.S., Reveal LP Details". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2008-05-01. 
  13. ^ "Uncensored Interview: Black Kids Discuss Artie Traum And Partie Traumatic". Uncensored Interview. July 20, 2008. Retrieved 2009-10-12. 
  14. ^ Aquilante, Dan (2008-12-07). "Best of 2008". New York Post. Retrieved 2008-12-11. 
  15. ^ "2008 Review: 50 albums of the year". The Observer. 2008-12-07. Retrieved 2008-12-11. 
  16. ^ Walters, Barry (2008-12-11). "The 40 Best Albums of 2008". Spin Magazine Online. Retrieved 2008-12-11. 
  17. ^ "NME's Top 50 of 2008". Stereogum. 2008-12-11. Retrieved 2008-12-11.