Black Kids are Back (Kids)! by jackiecous


When Black Kids’ debut LP, Partie Traumatic came out last year, it was largely panned for the slight change in production from the lo-fi sounds of their Wizard of Ahhhs EP. You already know how I felt about that whole debacle. Well, looks like you can’t keep a good band down, because they’re back with the Cemetery Lips EP, a release that’s half remixes and half brand new material. As far as the remixes go, they’re enjoyable for the most part (although the repetitive “Look At Me (When I Rock With You)” remix is worth skipping). It’s nice to hear Joy Electric, who turns in a charming remix of “I’m Making Eyes At You,” is still getting work. As for the new songs? Well, critics should be happy to hear that the lo-fi sound is back. As for me, I’m more concerned about the songwriting, and I’m happy to report the hooks are as hooky as ever, and the lyrics as silly as ever. A solid release, proving these kids are up to the challenge of proving themselves again.

-Jackie Cous


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