Jay Reatard is one drug overdose or insane-asylum visit away from working himself into legend. The most prominent figure in Memphis's thriving, methamphetamine-fed garage-rock scene, Reatard cut his first single more than a decade ago and has since reincarnated in the Angry Angles, the Bad Times, a one-off project with Eric Friedl and King Louie Bankston and the Lost Sounds, which came across like a synthesized version of the 13th Floor Elevators. Blood Visions, his first proper solo debut (on which he plays every instrument), combines the Sex Pistols' filth and the Ramones' fury with razor-sharp riffs and power-pop hooks spinning at 78 rpm. Rampaging through 15 songs in less than 30 minutes, Visions is all killer, no filler, a modern lo-fi nugget as violent and urgent as it is enjoyable. Highly recommended with drugs — any drugs, really.
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