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Jay Reatard

Jay Reatard: Blood VisionsBlood Visions (2006)
In The Red Records

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Jay Reatard (né Lindsey) has spent the better part of decade and a half performing in some of Memphis' better-known independent rock bands. He fronted garage-punkers the Reatards and co-founded the Screamers-styled "blackwave" band, the Lost Sounds. But the Lost Sounds broke up rather unpleasantly i.
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Jay Reatard (né Lindsey) has spent the better part of decade and a half performing in some of Memphis' better-known independent rock bands. He fronted garage-punkers the Reatards and co-founded the Screamers-styled "blackwave" band, the Lost Sounds. But the Lost Sounds broke up rather unpleasantly in 2005, and the Reatards have been relatively inactive due to Mr. Reatard's solo work.

This record is Jay's first proper solo full-length. It shares more in common with Reatard's work with the Reatards, but the similarities are minimal. This record is a more relaxed take on garage-punk. It is still confrontational and aggressive, but it is a less snotty aggression than found in the Reatards' catalog.

This album is most definitely a punk album. But rather than following a path blazed by, say, the Clash or Ramones, Mr. Reatard has more in common with a band like Wire. The aggression comes with the same artistic edge that Wire had on their classic Pink Flag, but Reatard does it with the distortion up.

The guitar tone is fuzzy, but through the fuzz you can hear the intricate licks that Mr. Reatard is laying down. The bass and drums don't quite carry as much of the musical weight, but those instruments are not necessarily Mr. Reatard's forte. The vocal delivery, however, carries much of the weight on this album. Reatard's nasally, faux-British warble is reminiscent of early British punks, and gives the album a strange, paranoid feel. That paranoia is at its peak in the songs "Death Is Forming" and "I See You Standing There" when the vocals speed up to a frenzy.

Some listeners may find some of the lyrics over-the-top (i.e. "Fading All Away"'s "Time / will heal wounds / but I / will kill you / slowly / fading all away"), but then, they probably wouldn't by the album anyway based on the album cover. Other than killing people slowly, lyrical themes include men in garbage cans drinking piss from jars ("Puppet Man"), shadows ("My Shadow") and the Reatard family ("My Family").

This is an excellent record from an interesting voice in the punk scene. Recommended for fans of bands like Black Lips, Wire and garage or punk in general. Also, go see him before the Pitchfork crowd gets too thick -- you may not get punched.

 

 
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axeinbackhalloran (March 9, 2011)

Listened to this three times front to back today. So good.

lucyygoosey (July 20, 2008)

dear john,
you should publish this elsewhere...somewhere like my zine

rkl (July 13, 2008)

score is for the review, album is a solid 7

martholamew (July 11, 2008)

I was super hesitant on checking this out, due to all that shit in Toronto, but wow.... this is fucking amazing.

scientistrock (July 10, 2008)

The fuck-face who wrote this review said by instead of buy. What a fuck-face.

NotPatriotic (July 10, 2008)

Great album. Great Music. More people should get into this.

Chimpo (July 10, 2008)

Great band....

mattramone (July 10, 2008)

Jay Reatard rules and so does this record.

damnitsderek (July 9, 2008)

Dan Burke is even less stoked.

SloaneDaley (July 9, 2008)

audience members from a particular show at the Silver Dollar in Toronto aren't very stoked.

bikeage (July 9, 2008)

nightmares is the best song, album is just awesome throughout

lostandclowned (July 9, 2008)

score is for this reviewer.

LORD-OF-THE-GAYS (July 9, 2008)

Great, great record. Check out the singles collection that In The Red just put out as well. And I don't have a clue what you guys are talking about, those 7"s on Matador are awesome.

windofpain (July 9, 2008)

love this record, his new singles on matador aren't very good though imo, and i cant stand the ppl i see at his shows now

theyounginfluential (July 9, 2008)

arw, i love this record.

briennis (July 9, 2008)

this album is amazing. too bad the recent singles have been, by and large, neither here nor there.

allison_le_gnome (July 9, 2008)

I LOVE this album.

osloboditelj (July 8, 2008)

One of the most fun records in recent years. That's what separates it from Wire: Where Pink Flag is purposely cold and minimalist, this is frantic and pretty overwhelming in its sound. Hard to believe it's taken so long to get reviewed.

ven89 (July 8, 2008)

Awesome record

scientistrock (July 8, 2008)

Wire.

billnye (July 8, 2008)

wire or wipers?

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