CD Watch Me Fall [Digipak] (CD 4676058),
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Watch Me Fall [Digipak]

  • 1. It Ain't Gonna Save Me
    2. Before I Was Caught
    3. Man of Steel
    4. Can't Do It Anymore
    5. Faking It
    6. I'm Watching You
    7. Wounded
    8. Rotten Mind
    9. Nothing Now
    10. My Reality
    11. Hang Them All
    12. There Is No Sun
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 10800

  • Credits
    EngineerJay Lindsey; Scott Bomar

    Personnel: Jonathan Kirkscey (cello).
    Jay Reatard opens his second full-length, WATCH ME FALL, with a classic bit of Buzzcocks-style frantic, sexually pent-up punk pop. The record continues on the same pepped-up, neurotic pace, supremely self-flagellating, deliriously confused, reverent, often nostalgic, yet, oddly, wholly of its time; essentially everything that made Reatard one of the more exciting indie artists of the late-'00s. And that's not to say the record is anywhere near one-note: WATCH ME FALL veers from classic `70s punk to jagged-deconstructionist Devo-esque concoctions to Brit pop of more recent vintage to post-rock guitar fuzz.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (p.88) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[This set] shows him letting his primitive guard down....[With] choral sugar, dub effects, sweet guitar cascades and mad hooks."
    Spin (p.93) - "Reatard classes up the joint a bit, smearing organ, hard-strummed acoustic guitar, and strings on the unrequited-love epic 'I'm Watching You.'"
    Spin (p.32) - Ranked #13 in Spin's "40 Best Albums Of 2009" -- "[H]e's a kindred spirit to the Ramones and Buzzcocks..."
    Entertainment Weekly (p.111) - "[These] ridiculously infectious tunes come wrapped in arrangements that run from frenetic punk to bouncy Britpop to wistful balladry." -- Grade: A-
    Alternative Press (p.108) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Reatard needs only the initial 15 seconds of 'It Ain't Gonna Save Me' to wedge the crunchy hooks and helium-inspired, faux-British vocals into the brain."
    Billboard - "The standout track 'Wounded' lets a sunny guitar melody gain momentum before Reatard's propulsive vocals conjure the glory days of garage rock."
    Billboard (p.36) - "Mellower and more polished than his previous output, WATCH ME FALL hints at brilliance..."
    Pitchfork (Website) - "Opening track and leadoff single 'It Ain't Gonna Save Me' is ample proof that Jay Reatard can mature without the dull connotation the word carries, being as relentlessly catchy as it is careful in its arrangement."
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