By Simon Vozick-Levinson
July 25, 2008 at 04:00 AM EDT
Dean Chalkley

Partie Traumatic

B+

Reggie Youngblood opens the multiethnic Florida quintet’s debut Partie Traumatic with a knock-knock joke about ”the ghost in your underwear” — sung, for some reason, in a faux-British accent that he maintains for the rest of the record. It’s hard to take anything Black Kids does very seriously after that. 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. Who says hipster irony and bleeding-heart sincerity can’t work together? B+
DOWNLOAD THIS: Listen to ”Hurricane Jane” on the band’s MySpace page

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