Don't You Fake It review by The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

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  • Released: Jul 18, 2006
  • Sound: 8
  • Lyrics: 7
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 7.7 Good
  • Users' score: 8.7 (121 votes)
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus: Don't You Fake It
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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!

21 comments sorted by best / new / date

    theliveswelead
    Woah, you two above me need to relax, smoke a joint and shake hands. All I have to say as a musician from Jacksonville, is that I remember this time last year passing out their 2005 demo and flyers in the dorms at UNF. Suddenly they stop playing shows in Jax, and we all wonder why. Then we hear the news about the deal. Great job guys, make Jacksonville proud.
    absinthe5765
    Weve needed a good punk band. Everybodys trying to be "different" and it always backfires. Someones gotta pick up where Blink left off. This band just plain has good music.
    spazticpsycho43
    handsomejack wrote: haha this band is hilarious. is the singer even a native english speaker? "DU YU feel like uh man" muted continuous powerchords are not your friend! sure they have little leads once in a while but you see them coming and they sound the same. come on I'm sure he really cares about girls getting beaten. More like thats what sells. And that name is probably from a band name generator haha. And that screaming is horrible. Every mainstream band that screams always do it at the same damn place in the song. I wish screaming wasn't so mainstream now, its sad.
    Well, if you were to type it correctly, it would be correct english. "Do you feel like a man?" I don't see any errors there. Anyway, it's a pretty good cd. They were playing at Buzz Bake Sale and I bought the cd, met the band, and got it signed. They were pretty cool guys.
    punkmanhunter
    if these guys got a good screamer that could growl and double kick pedals they could sound decent but the lead singers vocals are ok
    Xcrimson_ghostX
    wait wait wait, did you just call them screamo metal?? you need to get your head on straight, my friend.
    trjafreak208
    These guys are indescribable. I mean, there are not enough words in my vocabulary to say exactly how much I love TRJA. Their musical style is completely original to me and new. I just think it's awesome how they've thrown so many different genres together. One song'll me a screamo metal and the next a power ballad; it's completely unpredictable. I love their whole philosophy on music too. They're out to make good music they love and have fun, not make money or be like the Beatles, or the Rolling Stones, or something all over again. And by the way, handsomejack, Ronnie's dialect is really cool because you don't hear that many other vocalists with that kind of pronounciation, and it amazes me how big of a loser you must be to go around bashing bands. -trjafreak (Yes I know I sound like a complete nerd)
    spencer Cr
    any buddy who think these guy suck, have probably never heard the Grim Goodbye, (track 12 on Don't you fake it) that song kicks ass, and I've never heard anything like it. so after you've heard that song and if you still hate the band, well enjoy what ever you listen to. and by the way no one is asking you to go out and buy the cd. if you're looking for a crappy band, check out "panic at the disco" or "cute is what we aim for". but the The RJA should make the grim goodbye a single (that song kicks ass)
    Ninjoid
    Absolutely love the album. The lyrics are fecking awesome too, which is why I love the album.
    Xcrimson_ghostX
    handsomejack that didnt even make sense. are you supposed to speak perfect english when singing? are YOU even a native english speaker? and just because youre ignorant, ill tell you that face down is about the singer's experience of beating his own girlfriend. so go get a life cuz obviously you dont have one if you have time to search out reviews for bands you dont like and leave negative comments about them.
    MoshMaster101
    the single 'Face Down' bringing with them a relatively unique sound
    It sounds very much like Kids Aren't Alright by The Offspring in my opinion. This album's still pretty good though. I'd give it about an 8.
    handsomejack
    haha this band is hilarious. is the singer even a native english speaker? "DU YU feel like uh man" muted continuous powerchords are not your friend! sure they have little leads once in a while but you see them coming and they sound the same. come on I'm sure he really cares about girls getting beaten. More like thats what sells. And that name is probably from a band name generator haha. And that screaming is horrible. Every mainstream band that screams always do it at the same damn place in the song. I wish screaming wasn't so mainstream now, its sad.
    maddog6
    This Band is my favorite band by far i still cant believe how good these guys really are and rufus i agree hilarious and cool thats just gay
    pacoxxxtaco
    its a good cd but they can do better. wait for the sophomore release. my favorite track is atrophy but it isnt on the cd i guess.
    Artisan_Bassist
    Great band, great CD, but I have to agree with the others that Ronnie's screaming needs a bit of work....
    rockerx03
    this is a great cd i completely agree with the first review...first saw these guys on t.v at around 2am on much music(yep the only good non-hip hop music is played when everyone is sleeping)...but overall its a great cd and i cant put it down..
    irockonguitar
    i like TRJA quite a lot, but there is other bands that play the same style of music as them, better!, i also feel this way about 'cute is what we aim for'.
    dc_4twenty7
    This, ladies and gentlemen, is what the dictionary defines as a plant . "TRJA r001z j00! 10, 7, 10!" I like 'Face Down' because it's a musically strong piece, but I don't have any misconceptions about this band. TRJA aren't doing anything fresh; meaningful lyrics and long-winded names have been around for ages. Just for clarity, I'm not bashing TRJA, I'm just making sure people don't read this review and take it to heart when it appears to be that this guy is just on a big kick with these guys. Once it winds down, he'll come to his senses, though, with an Angels and Airwaves SN, who knows? In any case, happy listening, and remember, this review sucks. -dc
    rob_larry01
    i love this band found them by complete luck on someone's myspace profile, liked "face down" so much i bought the album online straight away amazing album, can't stop listening to it -rob
    Xcrimson_ghostX
    youre an idiot for calling rja punk. dont you even dare to compare blink to these guys. theyre good, but nowhere close to punk. and where blink left off was crap. why do you think mark and travis got sick of tom? cuz he was putting shit like that together.