Jay Reatard: Rock 'n' Roll Biorhythm-Booster

Wednesday's Pick

  • Song: "It Ain't Gonna Save Me"
  • Artist: Jay Reatard
  • CD: Watch Me Fall
  • Genre: Rock

An infectious, fast-pased rock anthem, Jay Reatard's "It Ain't Gonna Save Me" takes a little more than two minutes to boost listeners' biorhythms like a triple espresso. But the first single from Reatard's forthcoming Watch Me Fall isn't as cheerful as it sounds: By two-thirds of the way through, the song has devolved into Reatard's voice and frenetic percussion, as he sings, "All is lost, there is no hope / All is lost, you can't go home." It's a deliberate juxtaposition of introversion and energy, with energy winning out in the end.

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Jay Reatard's "It Ain't Gonna Save Me" fuses introversion and energy, with energy winning out in the end. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Reatard has a big voice and bigger stage presence: Hailing from Memphis, Tenn., he's a plus-sized guy with a huge mop of long curls that thrash wildly when he whales on the guitar. He may not look the part of a long, lean, Mick Jagger-style beanpole, but "It Ain't Gonna Save Me" demonstrates that he's got all the star quality he needs.

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Album
Watch Me Fall
Artist
Jay Reatard
Label
Matador
Released
2009

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