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Black Kids: Partie Traumatic [Columbia, 2008]
The main thing about the Cure wasn't synthesizers, or Robert Smith's adenoids either. The main thing about the Cure was that they were depressed. Christians hitting the fleshpots, Floridians claiming Britannia, and--how did they put it?--black kids sounding as pasty-faced as, for instance, Robert Smith, these proud poseurs get excited even when love goes wrong, as for kids it often does. Listen to your body tonight. They made themselves up, and they're strictly for real. A-