Sound — 8
Red Jumpsuit Apparatus exploded onto the music scene overnight following the release of the single 'Face Down' bringing with them a relatively unique sound. RJA occasionally follows the typical power chord progressions that can make music boring. However, they make up for it with a second guitar belting out catchy riffs and fills. This is seen in 'Face Down'. Also, RJA has several tracks that portray a softer side. These songs prove their originality. 'Cat And Mouse' and 'Guardian Angel' are emotional ballads, and 'Grim Goodbye' is an excellent, dramatic conclusion to the record. On a less complimentary note, Ronnie Winter's attempt at screaming is sub par in my opinion.
Lyrics — 7
I read in an interview with Red Jumpsuit Apparatus that all of their lyrics are adaptations of real events in their lives. Songs like 'Face Down', which describes an abusive relationship, and 'Guardian Angel', which describes a sort of religious pledge of loyalty. 'Guardian Angel' is an amazing song with lyrics that really stick with you. Sometimes, the lyrics can get a little repetitive, losing the meaning and direction. 'Damn Regret' shows this quality. RJA does a damn good job with blending lyrics and music. The message in the lyrics matches the sound.
Overall Impression — 8
Overall, this album was worth the money. It proves to me that there is still musical creativity left in this pathetic world. I'd have to say that 'Seventeen Ain't So Sweet', 'Guardian Angel', and 'Face Down' are my favorite tracks off of 'don't You Fake It'. I love Ronnie Winter's voice except for those painful moments when he screams. He either needs to polish it up or not do it at all. RJA sounds like a mix of Armor For Sleep and Hidden In Plain View with some elements of Senses Fail. In conclusion, buy it!