JAY REATARD: I Know a Place/Don’t Let Him Come Back: 7″

Another solid outing for Jay…this 7” sounds a lot like Reatard’s debut, Blood Visions; good songwriting, the Adverts, and early Wire are clear influences. Jay has really hit his stride with this smart, ’78-style punk rock… done with enough erudition and irreverence for convention to make it appealing. Bottom line: The kid is innovative, not a plagiarist. Those riding the punk nostalgia wagon—drop the Boys’ covers and pickup on what Jay’s putting down.

 –ryan (Goner, www.goner-records.com)