Boomkat Product Review:
With his Matador debut album still in the pipeline, this double-disc, cross-format compilation release from In The Red Records should bring you up to date with Memphis punk rocker Jay Reatard's solo singles, which have thus far been released in small runs across a variety of similarly small record labels. 'Night Of Broken Glass' kicks off the collection in tremendously energised fashion, infused with scrappy DIY aesthetics and great new-wave style writing. Next up, 'Another Person' is equally fantastic, with just as much Ramones-influenced aggression but all channelled into acoustic guitars, organs and an authentically 1977-sounding snarled vocal performance. Underneath all the period punk styling, Reatard's a great songwriter, wrenching brilliant riffs from his Flying V. You can bear witness to Reatard in the midst of all that wrenching in fact, thanks to the DVD of performances and interview footage, which is bracing to say the least. If you haven't already investigated this guy's unique oeuvre, this is an ideal primer of the Jay Reatard catalogue so far, and a great warm-up for the Matador album. Highly recommended.