Sound — 8
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, a band whose name I always struggle to spell correctly, released their debut album "Don't You Fake It" in 2005. The band's sound is a sort of mix between pop, rock and a lite touch of screamo; Alternative rock or pop punk, if you will. The lead singer Ronnie Winter has the pitch matching qualities that may even rival that of Journey's Steve Perry. Similar artists might be Anberlin or even newer/less heavy Escape The Fate. The album starts off with "In Fate's Hands", it is a great opening effect, somewhat layered in a way that they can showcase the different instruments being used, guitar, bass, drums which ties into the lyrics. From there, they give you a feel for their overall sound, "Waiting", "False Pretense" and the ever so popular hit "Face Down". Fast, simple riffs and leads that get the job done and still have you singing along. Other mentionable material includes "Cat And Mouse", and "Your Guardian Angel" which are slower, more contemporary tracks. Both showcasing the other side of this type of band. Overall, a great album for such an early band.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics for the most part are not "special". Most song writers try to find material their listeners can relate to. Relationships, heart ache and loss all are good material, but how you put them together is what matters. Sometimes, the simple stuff is what you remember. And in this case, "Face Down" does the trick. Society generally doesn't approve of violence towards women, yet it still exists, and doesn't get talked about except behind closed doors. This song is calling someone out on their wrong which is what most people want to do. "Cat And Mouse" had a line in the chorus that really sticks out... "Am I supposed to be happy, when all I ever wanted, it comes with a price?" Which refers to a dying loved one, somebody he felt so close to, having finally found them only to have to lose them too soon.
Overall Impression — 8
Being that this is their first real album, they get alot of slack. Red Jumpsuit Apparatus is far from the best pop-rock-punk band out there, but defiantly something you should be listening too; at least for a little while. "Face Down" gave them a name and enormous fame (for a short time). Whether or not they can continue to make hits is unclear. They deserve to be heard, hits or not.