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The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus: Don't You Fake ItDon't You Fake It (2006)
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Reviewer Rating: 1.5
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Contributed by: cbolandcboland
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What is there to say about the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus? They offer us eleven songs of average length, average-sounding pop-rock. Indeed, some P.R. folks may tell us this is "emo." The guy sings not unlike the singer from Rise Against, and sometimes he or someone else cuts loose with a throat-shreddin.
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What is there to say about the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus? They offer us eleven songs of average length, average-sounding pop-rock. Indeed, some P.R. folks may tell us this is "emo." The guy sings not unlike the singer from Rise Against, and sometimes he or someone else cuts loose with a throat-shredding shout. It's all very monochromatic. It's all very safe and predictable. It's all of what one should anticipate from the current onslaught of new wave pop bands masked under the guise of "emo." Maybe it was the same well-paid major label and music media suits that adopted "grunge" as a marketing ploy.

Plenty of young music fans who will never own a stereo, let alone a turntable, will probably download this and get a few days out of this record. Then they'll delete it and move on to Jack's Mannequin or the Audition or whatever other flavor of the month cute boy band who is playing make-up and wearing guitar, as Paul Westerberg once astutely observed. Who am I to deny the youth of today what they crave, what they deserve? Does music like this sell like Playstation 3? I want to think of this as an exclusively American phenomenon, like obesity or handgun fatalities. We end up with the majority of our population overweight and statistically likely to suffer injury at the hands of a firearm. And said majority will listen to whatever Steve Jobs or Simon Cowell tells them they should.

So RJA, you are on Virgin Records. I hope you took the advance and put at least a small percentage into savings. You have this glossy, sugary sweet production on your big rock record. Auto-Tune and the click track served you well. Maybe Taking Back Sunday or Panic! at the Disco will take you on tour and you'll get another year or two's worth of mileage out of this rock machine. Then, there's always college.

 

 
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fu1111111 (December 17, 2008)

You dont know shit.
RJA in the first place doesnt wear makeup. This is the most incredible album ive heard.
They are also the nicest down to earth people ive met.

Get this through your head. RJA is no fake, they weren't put together like all these other fuckhead bands, they write about real things, not about getting drunk or stoned. Their also a rock band, and punk is dead, whether you like it or not.

Tangy (August 22, 2008)

This review is hilarious and anyone who takes this band seriously should sign up to get sterilized

Joesph (February 27, 2008)

hey whats sup?

thomas7155 (December 11, 2007)

Don't insult Tim. This moron sounds nothing like him.

Sa (June 4, 2007)

Actually I thought the CD wasnt too bad. Usually when a song comes out that i like for instance face down i go and check the band out i took a risk with this cd and bougt it without letting another single come out and i like it even though its not a ten its pretty good and worth buying i think!

RachelG (February 13, 2007)

Face Down is one of my fave songs of the year. It is awesome and relates to anyone going through shit. They arent afraid to release a single with potentially controversial material, unlike other punk pop shit, who prefer to wail about how a girl broke their heart etc. RJA deserve more credit for an album that has an edge above other "emo" stuff.

jy (February 13, 2007)

the red are awesome they have anice rock sound.there lead singers vocals have a wide range

crazytoledo (December 20, 2006)

Crazytoledo, this review is 10x better than any review you've ever written. The reviewer isn't trying to be funny.

go back to scoring 10 star atreyu records or w/e


I'll aknowledge my old reviews sucked, but the new ones merely show a difference in opinion. At least I state why I like or don't like an album, instead of just ragging on how these guys are popular and therefore, they must suck.

And I gave that Atreyu album a 9.

Anonymous (December 14, 2006)

I liked this review alot. Bands like this don't deserve actual reviews, they just deserve a couple of paragraphs of indifference that wander around talking about everything except the music. Thats what this shit got and I'm happy about it. If you don't understand that, then you probably don't really mind this record all that much. I feel sorry for you.

-Greenvandal

Holy_Balls (December 14, 2006)

This was one of the worst reviews I have ever read. The "playing make-up and wearing guitar" part was pretty fucking funny. SCORE IS FOR THAT!

Anonymous (December 14, 2006)

i just want to say. damn they played last night. it was so shitty. THEY Sucked. MCR blew them out of the water. PS I went for free so don't think for a second that I would pay to see that show.

Anonymous (December 14, 2006)

I just want to say that The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus has my vote for "Worst Band Name of All Time."

Anonymous (December 14, 2006)

Well since PS=post script it doesnt really have to be applied only to letters, just anything with script. And my posts are nothing if they are not script. And don't you even say 'well then I guess they're nothing' because I happen to know for a fact that they're something. Something awesome.

Anonymous (December 14, 2006)

"If the music is so bad why did the fuckwit even bother reviewing it? Was it cause he's a badass punk rocker who dont take no shit from nobody? Or was it because he's an annoying twat with no direction or purpose in his life other then to make the internet suck as much as possible?"

Vulgarity is really proving your point here. Why bother reviewing it? For those of us to know to stay clear of the band. Go read the Rolling Stone if you want to read favorable reviews of shit like this.

Anonymous (December 14, 2006)

Crazytoledo, this review is 10x better than any review you've ever written. The reviewer isn't trying to be funny.

go back to scoring 10 star atreyu records or w/e

crazytoledo (December 14, 2006)

Serious dude?

This review is horrrrible. If youre gonna try to be funny, at least point out why this band sucks.

tenwestchaser (December 14, 2006)

Seriously though....best review ever. Fuckin hilarious.

wyzo (December 14, 2006)

"Yeah I'm really not sure where you're going with that one wyzo. I mean, I know you're trying to make fun of me, but its not working."

I'm just glad this wasn't written in the form of a PS like your first post. i never said i was smart or funny, though i am both, and handsome, but i dont write on the internet like im someones poison pen pal. You SASE me, i'm taking my trivial posts to another review of a band i dont care about and am completely unobjective in regards to. don't make me not care about not doing it any less than scruffy already doesn't already alright already, amirite?

Oh, in the last 5 minutes i decided this band rules. 10 stars. they're the american radiohead.

wyzo

consolationprizefighter (December 14, 2006)

"I saw them live like 2 months ago and their actually really good live"

No. They are not. I had the misfortune of seeing this band once for some reason. Uninspired and listless. At least people hit Panic! with stuff to make the experience interesting.

youwinalemon (December 14, 2006)

"What the hell are you talking about? Are you playing make-up and wearing guitar also?"

It's a goddamn Replacements reference.

Anonymous loses.

Anonymous (December 14, 2006)

"Because certainly, I'd prefer not to read another one, and this reviewer obviously didn't want to write another one, either. If you want to know what this band sounds like, read the other hundred fucking duplicate reviews about the bands like this that all sound the same. This review was informative, and to the point: the music is so shitty it doesn't need to be described, or deserve the justice of being described."

Oh really? And which part of this review did you find informative? The part where he said nothing at all about the music on the CD, or the part where he said nothing at all about the music on the CD?

If the music is so bad why did the fuckwit even bother reviewing it? Was it cause he's a badass punk rocker who dont take no shit from nobody? Or was it because he's an annoying twat with no direction or purpose in his life other then to make the internet suck as much as possible?

Anonymous (December 14, 2006)

Do you know how many reviews we have to read about these bands that all sound the fucking same? Castrated voices and occasional shouts with Powertooled glossy guitars and predictable bass lines, if the bass is even audible at all?

Because certainly, I'd prefer not to read another one, and this reviewer obviously didn't want to write another one, either. If you want to know what this band sounds like, read the other hundred fucking duplicate reviews about the bands like this that all sound the same. This review was informative, and to the point: the music is so shitty it doesn't need to be described, or deserve the justice of being described.

Anonymous (December 14, 2006)

"You've had since the eighties to get good enough taste to get that reference. You lose."

What the hell are you talking about? Are you playing make-up and wearing guitar also?

Scruffy (December 13, 2006)

""playing make-up and wearing guitar"

Welcome to America, Borat."

You've had since the eighties to get good enough taste to get that reference. You lose.

Anonymous (December 13, 2006)

"Though for the record cboland, I hope you are injured by a firearm. In the face."

hahahahaaaa. in the face. hahaha

Anonymous (December 13, 2006)

I would like to say that the reviewer is both stupid and a dick. How he got from griping about modern 'emo' (which I think is worth griping about, but a record review on punknews.org isnt the place) to the fact that Americans tend to be fat and get shot is completely beyond me. Also its factually incorrect. Unless you live in the projects of a large city, which only a small portion of our population does, you are not statistically likely to be injured by a firearm. Though for the record cboland, I hope you are injured by a firearm. In the face.

Anonymous (December 13, 2006)

"playing make-up and wearing guitar"

Welcome to America, Borat.

BTown (December 13, 2006)

This was good.
The review that is.

Anonymous (December 13, 2006)

I enjoyed this review.

Anonymous (December 13, 2006)

Yeah I'm really not sure where you're going with that one wyzo. I mean, I know you're trying to make fun of me, but its not working.

Anonymous (December 13, 2006)

yay

Anonymous (December 13, 2006)

I like the review because it's about a band I don't care about. But you could replace RJA's name with many any other band name from "the scene" and it would be the same review.

So enjoyable, but useless.

Anonymous (December 13, 2006)

this isn't a review. this is a personal attack to the band/music scene.

Anonymous (December 13, 2006)

Worst fucking review ever. Thank goodness I read this review to learn the reviewer is so punk. And wyzo, you're a fucking idiot.

R3venge_Therapy (December 13, 2006)

Are you kidding me? This is a great review, a breath of fresh air compared to most of the shit on this sight. Anyone with an ounce of intelligence will most likely enjoy it, too.

I have more than an ounce of intelligence, and also know how to write a proper review, so you're already wrong. Do you even know what a review is? It's a piece of writing that TELLS YOU THE POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE ASPECTS OF A PRODUCT. Something that definitely didn't happen here! Why the hell did he even give it a 3? I want to know. He hated it so much, why didn't he just give it a 1? He didn't explain. I don't even know what kind of music they play, I just know that it's "monochromatic", a word that should have been used to greater effect by employing its use in a sentence about how this and that song sound...yet there are no examples.

Just because someone took 10 minutes to write 3 paragraphs about how major lables target demographics with bands that are obviously pieces of shit doesn't mean they deserve any kind of applause.

MikeStupid (December 13, 2006)

Best review ever? Probably.

wyzo (December 13, 2006)

"PS, unless you're a synaesthetic, music cannot be monochromatic."

this band is dried beef. guess what, unless they're cattle, music can't be dried beef.

thx u's for helping me lurn.

wyzo

Anonymous (December 13, 2006)

site*

loelz. killer typo.

Anonymous (December 13, 2006)

Are you kidding me? This is a great review, a breath of fresh air compared to most of the shit on this sight. Anyone with an ounce of intelligence will most likely enjoy it, too.

After reading it, I have no need to know what it sounds like, or want to. He summed up perfectly everything I need to know about this band; I can pretty much assume what they sound like from there.

Anonymous (December 13, 2006)

I have read this website every day for two years and never have been compelled to comment. This is the worst review since I started reading this website.

People who read this website want reviews on music, good or bad. If you think this record sucks because it sounds like it was professionally produced and because it is on a major label say that. Because after reading your review that is all I can really gather besides the fact that you are so so angry at "emo" bands.

Anonymous (December 12, 2006)

I'd knew nothing about this band before I read this review. I have now read this review, every single word of it, and I still know nothing about this band. This was an awful review.
Or should I say 'it was all so very awful' in a weak attempt at seeming scholarly and intelligent.

PS, unless you're a synaesthetic, music cannot be monochromatic.

ChokingVictim (December 12, 2006)

Since I know this CD sucks, this review is good, but if I was actually looking for a real review, this doesn't cut it.

R3venge_Therapy (December 12, 2006)

How is this a good review?! I don't get it! There is nothing in that review that tells me what's so bad about this record, other than the fact that they target a demographic and are a "flavor of the month". I know this band is terrible, but this review is bullshit.

SuperRad (December 12, 2006)

Listen, that score's not really fair. I work in a record store and I threw this in one night. It's actually pretty catchy. I mean, bad records deserve bad scores, decent records deserve a little credit, even if they're not "punk."

Anonymous (December 12, 2006)

awesome review. i work with an asshat who told me he liked death metal and screamo and then went on to name this band as falling in to the two aforementioned genres. please kill me.

Anonymous (December 12, 2006)

totally not punx.

Anonymous (December 12, 2006)

"My friend made me watch them on Conan. They just stood there and didn't do anything and the singer sang the low harmony the whole time. You'd think they'd try to bring their "A" game on national television."

That probably was their A-game. I imagine that most bands of this ilk are studio creations that are just as much computer-altered creations as they are actual musicians. I agree 100% with the boy-band comment below. Marketing as much based on look as the actual music? Fucking stupid.

JerryCola (December 12, 2006)

I can't believe this band gets any positive comments, major labels must be hiring people to go online and say such things as "these guys are even better than Panic At The Disco"!

lou (December 12, 2006)

generic

/end

Anonymous (December 12, 2006)

panic at the disco does not suck..they blow..red jumpsuit aparatus though sux lol..come on people theres gotta be give and take..give and take

Anonymous (December 12, 2006)

Do you feel like a man
When you push RJA around?

Anonymous (December 12, 2006)

Best review ever. You took what I've been trying to do in every one of my reviews, and nailed it perfectly in a single one.
-feeeding5000

Anonymous (December 12, 2006)

"better than panic! at the disco"

if that is the best you've got... then you aren't really making a very good point of them not sucking.

sweetsuperior (December 12, 2006)

this band was put together very boyband-like. the singer is the only original member. a management company picked them up and cleaned house, many times from what i've been told (hearsay! love it!). dues paid? uh, no. boring as hell? yes, very. great haircuts? you betcha.

Anonymous (December 12, 2006)

What is With all the negativity towards this band? I bought this album bacause i liked 1 song (Face Down) then i really listened to them and the are really good. I saw them live like 2 months ago and their actually really good live...better then Panic! at the disco.

Anonymous (December 12, 2006)

...more like the The Red Shitsuit AssToMouthus

crazytoledo (December 12, 2006)

when i saw this posted, i was worried it would be a perfect 10 from crazytoledo.

Huh?

Apparently you've missed me hating on releases by Drop Dead, Gorgeous, Aiden, It Dies Today, and Escape the Fate.

Anonymous (December 12, 2006)

when i saw this posted, i was worried it would be a perfect 10 from crazytoledo.

Anonymous (December 12, 2006)

garbage. shit. shit sandwich. and what the guy below me said.

Paul

minus_20_scene_points (December 12, 2006)

if you listen closely to this album, you can hear the emo bubble go "pop." oversaturation at it's finest, these guys are to "emo" what puddle of mudd was to nu-metal...the death rattle. in short, fuck 'em.

Anonymous (December 12, 2006)

I downloaded this. I listened to the first song, which was actually pretty good. So, I burned it and listed to it in the car. Turns out - the first song was the only good song. After skimming through every track in the CD hoping it would get better after track 2, I threw it out the window.

88-fingers-tony (December 12, 2006)

not even worth hearing

Anonymous (December 12, 2006)

no we dont. its not punx.

crazytoledo (December 12, 2006)

* seen it in *

What I want for Xmas: An edit feature on Punknews?

crazytoledo (December 12, 2006)

Is anyone else annoyed by all of the teenaged girls that misuse the lyrics for "Face Down."

The song deals with a pretty serious issue (domestic violence/abusive relationships), but I've seen it way too many girls' myspaces and IM profiles, quoting parts of the lyrics trying to say they can relate with the lyrics when they're using them to try to describe how their best friend lied to them or their parents wouldnt drive them to that big show. It's seriously annoying that people use the lyrics over petty shit that isn't a big deal.

Anonymous (December 12, 2006)

I knew a really hot chick who was into them and she burnt me the cd to try to get me to like them. I couldn't even lie to try and get some. It sucked.

Anonymous (December 12, 2006)

SO...
these guys are from my town (Jacksonville) and I remember seeing an ad on a local musicians website that they were looking for a guitarist. The ad went something like:

"Guitar Player needed. Must have pro equipment, transportation, and willing to tour. (OK so far) Most importantly, must have "the look". We have major label interest already and are not only promoting our music, but our image as well. Those over 25 SHOULD NOT APPLY. (wtf?)... yada yada" and pretty much just says how they're all trying to get their "look" down and doesn't mention their music.

So for shits and giggles, I call the number and talk to whoever in the band put the ad up. Shoot the shit, tell him I'm 21 (I'm actually 27, holy shit that's old!) blah blah, lie about how I have a JCM900 stack and a PRS. then ask him about the music. All I remember is that the phrase "kinda like Fallout Boy with an edge" was used. click.

R3venge_Therapy (December 12, 2006)

Well. I won't debate that this record is probably absolute shit, because I've heard one of their songs and it was pretty bad, but this review is pretty lame. Learn how to write a review, you don't say a damn thing about WHY this record sucks, other than the fact that it targets a certain audience on purpose. All this looks like is someone that listened to it once, maybe not even all the way through and decided, "Okay this sucks, I'm just gonna write a 3 paragraph essay on why 'flavor of the month' music sucks." Everyone already knows that.

It probably won't make a difference on this band's image or sales in the long run, but if you're going to write a review at all, make sure it's one that's scathing enough to tell people why they shouldn't even be listening to it. Then you won't sound like some guy who's just so above this major lable garbage that he doesn't have to take the time to explain his reasoning behind trashing this album.

Score is for the review, because we all know the record sucks.

dusticles (December 12, 2006)

this shit blows. generic music for generic people

crazytoledo (December 12, 2006)

Flavor of the week?

This album has sold 10-15k albums a week since the summer. So it's consistency over the last few months prove that it's at least more than a 'flavor of the week.'

As for the record, I haven't really listened to all of it yet, but the few songs I have listened to are okay.

canaandrumz (December 12, 2006)

My friend made me watch them on Conan. They just stood there and didn't do anything and the singer sang the low harmony the whole time. You'd think they'd try to bring their "A" game on national television.

istapledmyfoot (December 12, 2006)

good review

Anonymous (December 12, 2006)

score is for my poor spelling of "review" previous to this. apologies.

Anonymous (December 12, 2006)

probably the best reivew ever, score is ftw.

seanstrummer (December 12, 2006)

incredibly stupid title too.

seanstrummer (December 12, 2006)

that singer really doesn't sound like Tim at all.

almosttragichero (December 12, 2006)

Granted, the RJA may be some listeners "flavor of the week", but realistically those who can truly appreciate the music aren't going to immediately discard them. They have a lot to offer to their "emo" audience. Besides, wouldn't it make sense to have a variety of melody, etc. on the album since "emotions" change all the time, I think they fully represent their title well and represent their mainstream record label very well.

Anonymous (December 12, 2006)

Don't we all "playing make-up and wearing guitar"?

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