Jay Reatard - Blood Visions
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The Reatards were always a good idea improperly executed, their lo-fi take on the goofball teenage humour of the Queers or the Mr. T Experience had its moments and Blood Visions is considerably more listenable in terms of fidelity. Musically, it's also a big step up, as well as a step into the past. Blood Visions has the antic, jumpy quality of many now-obscure new wave records of the early '80s, from the era when artists like Wazmo Nariz and Skafish thought a funny name and a yelpy, David Byrne-derived singing voice, along with a cheap synth and some narrow sunglasses, were the path to success. By keeping the oddball affectations down to a minimum while keeping up the neurotic post-punk momentum, Reatard burns through 15 aggressively quirky but mostly entertaining songs in just under half an hour.