You Better Pray
Label: Virgin Records
It's all of 12 seconds before Red Jumpsuit commence their full-blown shred, announcing the chops-heavy, melodic rock that dominates their sophomore release with Duke Kitchens' lightening speed finger-tapping. While most of the record feels like an anticipated progression from Don't You Fake It, the songs that lie beneath the ripping are better in every way -- they're hookier, more concise, more dynamic, more ... everything. From the churning rhythm of "Pen & Paper" to the stadium riff of "Pleads and Postcards," the whole package shows a band that deliverers on its huge potential.