Jay Reatard

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Blood Visions (2006) , 6/10
Watch Me Fall (2009) , 6/10

Tennessee's Jay Reatard (real name Jay Lindsey), who had played wild punk-rock in the Lost Sounds later documented on Blac Static (Fat Possum, 2011), and had formed the angry vitriolic Reatards of Teenage Hate Plus (1998 - Goner, 2011) when he was still a teenager, debuted "solo" with the sparkling punk-pop of Blood Visions (2006). Most of the songs are extremely short, with Greed Money Useless Children belonging to the sarcastic side of things, Puppet Man and I See You Standing There to the violent side, and the "lengthy" My Shadow (three minutes), Turning Blue and especially Nightmares to the emo/melodic side. Some also toy with odd discordant constructions reminiscent of the new wave of the 1970s (My Family, Waiting For Something, We Who Wait). His art extends beyond the premises. He proves his melodramatic skills in Oh It's Such A Shame, which shares little of punk's fury and nihilism.

Reatard also released several catchy singles that were a lot more "pop" than "punk": Hammer I Miss You (2006), I Know A Place (2007), Always Wanting More (2008), Painted Shut (2008), a strange hybrid of Rolling Stones-ian riffs and silly Brit-pop, and See Saw (2008), that harks back to garage-rock of the 1960s. The EP Night Of Broken Glass (2007) contained the evil and dissonant title-track.

Watch Me Fall (Matador, 2009) packs 12 songs in 32 minutes, which sounds like a lot but signals exactly the opposite: the songs are getting longer. Reatard had definitely opted for old-fashioned power-pop (It Ain't Gonna Save Me, Rotten Mind), and old-fashioned bubblegum-pop (Can't Do It Anymore), with occasional echoes of punk-rock (Hang Them All) and the new wave (Faking It). From these premises Reatard secretes a new kind of power-ballad (I'm Watching You) and original formats for his private confessions (My Reality, There Is No Sun).

Jay Reatard died in january 2010.

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