The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
Don't You Fake It


3.5
great

Review

by ToWhatEnd USER (100 Reviews)
August 3rd, 2006 | 143 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


Hailing from Jacksonville, Florida, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus is a new band who plays the ever so loved combination of pop punk and what the media labels screamo. Musically some influences of rock and even some metal come out in their progressions and riffs. The formula all comes together and makes for an extremely nice listen. Nothing is ground breaking original, but honestly when was the last time an album in this genre was" Remember this is pop punk, not progressive. While not genre defying, this album is quite far from the boring, generic sound you hear from a million other bands. It has a few moments, but as a whole RJA can be recognized in a field of similar bands. Their debut Don't You Fake It perfectly captures the genesis of the band, as despite their young age a good deal of maturity and talent is shown.

I remember a year ago I was standing in the crowd
waiting for my chance to break through, my chance to live again.
Now it seems I've found some friends who finally understand
what it takes to make this dream come true, we'll be here till the end.


The first few lines of the opening track In Fate's Hands say exactly what the band is about, honest songs people can relate minus the overwhelming amount of concealed meanings. Now when your band states that it just sets up for others to step in and mercilessly ridicule them for a lack of depth. Fear not, they are miles ahead of Hawthorne Heights and have already mastered writing simple yet effective lyrics. Seemingly, there is no better vocalist to deliver these words than Ronnie Winter. His singing is very smooth and he shows his amazing range throughout. It is very refreshing to find a singer with a range as great as his who can reach its peak without a whiney tone. It is equally as welcome to hear screaming as powerful as it is here. Things sound defined and finely tuned, and the moderate use of the screaming adds a very nice touch to the overall sound. I'm not sure who does the screaming, but they are capable of doing some very nice synchronized dual vocals. From the opening song, the guitarists’ talents are not revealed all the way, but some catchy progressions are put together. The song writing is solid and there is a wicked bass interlude until a screeching scream builds up and leads back into the final chorus. It is a very powerful moment leading into the chorus and outro. Yes unlike many of the bands who end with the chorus, RJA adds another little section to the end showing their solid song writing.

A bit of their poppy side is shown during the first single Face Down. Vocals are obviously the emphasis throughout the verse, as the instrumentals are all fairly simple. That changes when a perfect mid-tempo riff comes out during the chorus. Once more vocals eventually take of the spotlight position, as Ronnie shows his tremendous range and his true vocal capability is shown. As previously stated, it is so difficult to come across a singer in this genre who can get that high without having a nasally voice. The only screaming comes out during the bridge, and is a perfect example of the successful dual vocal patterns the band can exercise. Some soft back round vocals are heard during the final section showing a bit of punk roots. Often times these influences are shown in the backing vocals. However, no matter what the influences, the band always sticks to their pop punk form. Now the smooth vocals are not the only pleasant surprise found on the record. For the most part, after the first four tracks things take a noticeably slower turn. Not saying the rest of the record is ballads, but things are more moderate for the next few songs. Now plenty of bands do this, but the surprise here is that things do not get boring. It seems no matter what style, acoustic, piano, clean guitar, or a blazing distorted chorus, Ronnie is capable of singing flawlessly over it. The band keeps things from becoming bland themselves although musically their softer songs are not as strong as the heavier ones. Cat and Mouse is a prime example of this. Musically it is only a little above average, as the guitar is quite basic but provides a solid section for piano to expand over. The superb vocals end up making it a great song. Lyrically the song is a bit simple, but still works out nice. With a slower song incorporating piano, the band shows variety on their debut and proves they are capable of some different styles.

Things will pick up once again during Atrophy which features an awesome little riff during the verse. This is probably the best verse on the record, as the music and vocals are equally as strong and catchy. Once more their main style is shown, with little influences peeking through the cracks. Lyrically, this song does exactly what they stand for. Songs with no hidden meaning yet which have a dominant point getting across. The softer bridge involved piano once again and works out great yet again. Captain consistency Mr. Winter once again delivers a darn near perfect vocal performance, fitting the music wonderfully as well as shining in his own light. It becomes obvious that the band can incorporate some guitar riffs yet keep vocals strong, as another magnificent song is heard. The last real song on the record is the softest and possibly the slowest. Your Guardian Angel opens with two and a half minutes of acoustic guitar and soft vocals. Hat’s off to Ronnie for once again delivering a smooth vocal performance. Throughout the track, his voice comes off so soft and refreshing. The acoustic work is nicely done as a tiny melody comes off during the second verse. Things fit so well together before blowing into an incredibly epic final chorus. Truth be told I was not expecting the band to blast into a heavier section but they did and pulled it off fantastically. It truly was a surprise, not only for the change but also for the fact that the section worked so well. I could not have thought of a more perfect ending to the record (save the hidden track) as they really hit a homerun with their vision.

Throughout the record, you will forget that the average age of Red Jumpsuit Apparatus is 21. The maturity, pleasant songwriting, and eclectic mix of styles all add up to a wonderful sound. It has been heard before to a degree, but with unique vocals and some different elements, Don't You Fake It is quite a strong debut record from an upcoming group. Between smooth vocals, powerful screaming, nicely written progressions, and meaningful lyrics, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus will be a familiar name in no time. They are fairly easy to digest, yet do not seem to wear out like many bands in the scene. Their variations of sounds make me believe they will be around for many years to come. Regardless of what the new trend is, I'm sure RJA will have an answer for it. They are not afraid to drift away from their main sound, but know how to stay in it while adding diverse traits. Once fully blossomed, this band will really be a treat, as at such a young stage, they have already shown what they are already capable of. The future looks strong for Red Jumpsuit Apparatus as they shall continue to grow as a band, musicians, and as songwriters.

Final Rating: 3.5/5



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ToWhatEnd
August 3rd 2006


3173 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Review #30!

f_u_c_t
August 3rd 2006


1406 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

well written review. Boring in some parts though. I agree with your rating of a 3.5/5. I think that it deserves that.

The Sludge
August 3rd 2006


2171 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Well chan, its seems like something you might not get into, but then again Good Charlotte.



Good review. Now let the hate begin.

*Grabs popcorn*This Message Edited On 08.03.06

f_u_c_t
August 3rd 2006


1406 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good charlotte < red jumpsuit... wait a minute.. good charlotte < Kidz Bop This Message Edited On 08.03.06

f_u_c_t
August 3rd 2006


1406 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

But anyway, I don't think I could ever look into these guys.


Why not? I gave Good Charlotte a fair chance by listening to one of their cd's.



ToWhatEnd
August 3rd 2006


3173 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I knew the coding was in trouble when I saw don't in the CD title. Anyone know how to fix that?

Cygnus Inter Anates
August 3rd 2006


721 Comments


This band kind of sucks.

I_feel_so
August 3rd 2006


33 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

i think this is a good debut album...i really like it

ToWhatEnd
August 3rd 2006


3173 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Wow only one post of hate.

ToWhatEnd
August 7th 2006


3173 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I must admit I expected more comments than this. Not into the band, or have you all not really heard of them yet?





Storm In A Teacup
August 7th 2006


24550 Comments


You have a lot of comments.
The single is pretty cool. They suck live though.

ToWhatEnd
August 7th 2006


3173 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ahh bummer, I was thinking about checking them out at Warped on Thursday. Still might depending on who is playing when they are.

ToWhatEnd
August 7th 2006


3173 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Man I thought you'd give it at least a 2.5 what didn't you like about it?

ToWhatEnd
August 7th 2006


3173 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Shame shame, I thought it was performed quite well even though it is a tad generic.

Intransit
August 8th 2006


2797 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Edit: kno_kontrol on an alt account ftw



On top of the worst band name ever, this band is almost as bad as Aiden. Not that they are at all similar. Ugh, its just more of the same pop-punk tripe.



[quote=iluvatar]This is just an atrocious record. I bought it on good faith for ten bucks, then wish I woulda seen a hooker an hour earlier just so I wouldn't have had the cash to buy this album.[/quote]

hahahaha tool, you should have mentioned the name to me, I got suckered into listening to the EP at warped tour. It was absolutely horriffic.This Message Edited On 08.08.06

ness2728
August 9th 2006


2 Comments


I picked this CD up today, and I have to say it's pretty enjoyable. Not album of the year material by any means, but pretty enjoyable nonetheless.

Love the single.

Xximxnottheone
August 15th 2006


24 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ive had the cd since a few days before it came out, i like it alot. it does sound somewhat generic but overall it's a good cd in my opinion.



and good charlotte doesn't have crap on these guys.

Pyramidman
August 15th 2006


1340 Comments


uh oh he went there didnt he?

The Jungler
August 15th 2006


4826 Comments


The single and first few tracks off this suck. I was going to review it, but I couldn't get through the whole album.

Edit: GC owns these guysThis Message Edited On 08.15.06

Xximxnottheone
August 15th 2006


24 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh my....




just telling it how it is. oh well. we all have our own opinions. but that's mine.



and im a girl. not a he.This Message Edited On 08.15.06



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