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Jay Reatard's sophomore album is trimmed with all the trappings of lo-fi cool, but once you get past his hip arsenal of aural accoutrements, Watch Me Fall begins to unfold with an emphasis on carefully crafted melodies and arrangements that are much less predictable than the 1-4-5 structures dotting many of his early singles. Without completely segueing into indie-pop, Reatard maintains a balance of his original filthy Memphis grit with tunes that would translate well if covered by more polished commercial bands. And oddly enough, the first two cuts sound uncannily inspired by Whiskeytown-era Ryan Adams — more specifically the song “Don’t Be Sad” from 2001’s Pneumonia. (Listen to “Don’t Be Sad” and then to the ending bridge on “It Ain’t Gonna Save Me” and the opening arpeggio of “Before I Was Caught.”) “Man of Steel” moves with a fast punk pogo-pace that sounds more influenced by UK punk from the late ‘70s, as does the bonus track “Tiny Little Home,” which plays like the offspring of 999 and Toy Dolls.

Customer Reviews

RIP Reatard

he was one of my favorites. but i'm still listening, carrying him on.

Great last album

It's a shame this guy won't have another chance to create great music like this. Both his albums were fantastic, and his musical efforts shall always be remembered.


Sad News. Jay reportedly died of an overdose yesterday... RIP!


Born: May 1, 1980 in Lilbourn, MO

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Memphis-based punk rock juggernaut Jay Reatard adopted a fistful of musical approaches, beginning in the late '90s in his bedroom, where he recorded punk, synth punk, power pop and straightforward rock & roll tunes at a frantic pace. Reatard was born Jay Lindsey and dropped out of school when he was 15, owing to boredom with conventional education and a problematic home life. Lindsey became interested in rock & roll when he heard Nirvana via MTV, and in his mid-teens he began writing songs. After...
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