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The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus - Don't You Fake It Review

by Mike Rapin

Rise Against never sounded so emo... wait, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus reminds me of something that UnderOath decided wasn't good enough for an album--to begin with. Their album Don't You Fake It takes the slower half of Rise Against and mixes it with a dash of Comeback Kid and UnderOath to create an uncannily addictive sound that's still radio friendly.

A lot of the CD sounds oddly familiar as if heard somewhere, probably in the background of some "hip" summer movie where all the kids are sad and skateboard in California and one of them is super good while the others are good and then one of the kids gets cancer and they skate in pools and Heath Ledger fits in somehow but sex/drugs/pride never pays as well as plain money so the kids skate some more and the ending is pointless because the entire of the movie makes no f***ing sense. Was that a movie or am I crazy? Of course, the music is greater than the movie because, well, decent music always beats lame-ass movies--especially those about skateboarding.

Besides the random tangent I decided to make, I have to give it up for the lyrical stylings of Don't You Fake It. The entire CD is made up of lyrics that actually have some point. To top it off, the musical ability is a tad over mediocre which makes for CD good enough to leave in the CD player (or on the MP3 player, etc.).

But remember, the CD is, as I said, decent and there are some "we're so damn poppy" songs on the CD. Now, it's not that I dislike pop-punk/pop-rock, it's just that the poppier songs kind of just show up without warning. Needless to say, the two poppy songs hit me like a bag of very large potatoes... I'm talking 30 or 40 potatoes... from Ireland... during a good harvest...

Sum up: Good for those who want a bit of scream along side some poppy sounding songs and also those who appreciate good pop-roc (maybe fans of older Finch?).

Track Listing:
1. In Fate's Hands
2. Waiting
3. False Pretense
4. Face Down
5. Misery
6. Cat And Mouse
7. Damn Regret
8. Atrophy
9. Seventeen
10. Justify
11.Guardian Angel
12. Grim Goodbye

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