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Album Review

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus sounds nearly like what would result should Hawthorne Heights and Hoobastank have a love child. Basically alternative rock with occasional screamo tendencies, their slick and accessible debut, Don't You Fake It, comes ready for radio airwaves, while remaining just abrasive enough for the Warped Tour stage. Despite having a completely ridiculous band name, RJA is a competent group and their music is pleasant enough. But unfortunately, look past the gloss and too much of the record just sounds like the quintet copping many of their contemporaries (Story of the Year, Jimmy Eat World, the Used, etc.) instead of creating a sound to call their own. "In Fate's Hands" layers on the crunching riffs and urgent drumbeats, contrasting singer Ronnie Winter's smooth delivery against harsh background and gang vocals. As the lead track, the song actually turns out to be one of the record's strongest moments, one upped only by the album's dark first single, "Face Down." The track defiantly stares domestic abuse in the face with swirling guitars and a hooky chorus that proclaims, "Do you feel like a man when you push her around?/Do you feel better now as she falls to the ground?" The song is such a standout, however, that the rest of Don't You Fake It sounds more like a vehicle for that one song than a cohesive album. It's not that the band has to create something entirely new, as memorable songs can still be crafted out of recycled elements; but this is where the band stumbles. Quieter moments supply some break from the album's steadfast urgency — as in the confessional "Cat and Mouse" and the power ballad "Your Guardian Angel" — and Winter's voice does bring some needed maturity to the table. But unfortunately, it's all not quite enough to wash out the generic taste left in one's mouth by the end. The band may not be faking anything, but even earnestness isn't always enough.

Customer Reviews


Good job itunes, you realized people may want to buy good music 😄

Thank You

They put this back on iTunes, finally, but if you want the songs that you already bought before, you need to pay for them again. That's the only thing that's annoying.

A Classic!!!

This is the first album I ever heard from this band, and it was always hold a special place in my heart. It’s really the first band that got me into any type of music with screaming in it (even though it’s minimal here). I am zoo happy they put it back on iTunes. Instrumentally, the band really know how to write catchy hooks and the occasional breakdown. Lyrically, this is a very relatable album, but all of Ronnie’s lyrics have always been good. Vocally, Ronnie sounds great and he still does. He has a unique voice for the genre. My favorite tracks include: “Face Down”, “In Fate’s Hands”, “False Pretense”, “Cat and Mouse” and “Your Guardian Angel”…but all the songs are great. There is no filler. This is a must have for any long time or new fans. Recommended buy. Keep up the good work RJA!!! Can’t for the new album.


Formed: 2003 in Jacksonville, FL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

One of the few screamo bands to land a Top 40 pop hit, the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus formed in 2003 in Middleburg, Florida. After writing and rehearsing for 18 months, the bandmembers were urged by several friends to pursue their music seriously. This encouragement led the guys to book themselves several local shows, to the quick embrace of their hometown scene. As the buzz grew, the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus recorded their first EP and began relentlessly spreading their name around Florida. Despite a...
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Don't You Fake It, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Alternative, Adult Alternative
  • Released: Jul 18, 2006

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