Don't You Fake It

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Don't You Fake It
Studio album by The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
Released July 18, 2006 (2006-07-18)
Recorded December 2005–January 2006
Studio Water Music Recorders, Hoboken, New Jersey
Length 44:28
Label Virgin
Producer David Bendeth
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus chronology
Ass Shaker/Justify/Face Down
Don't You Fake It
Lonely Road
Deluxe edition
"Deluxe Edition" cover
"Deluxe Edition" cover
Singles from Don't You Fake It
  1. "Face Down"
    Released: July 4, 2006
  2. "False Pretense"
    Released: March 13, 2007
  3. "Your Guardian Angel"
    Released: August 7, 2007

Don't You Fake It is the debut studio album by American rock band The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. The title is taken from a line in the opening track, "In Fate's Hands". The album garnered mixed reviews from critics. Don't You Fake It debuted at number 25 on the Billboard 200 and spawned three singles: "Face Down", "False Pretense" and "Your Guardian Angel". To promote the record, the band toured across North America with appearances at music festivals.


In January 2006, AbsolutePunk reported that the band was in the process of recording their debut album.[6]


It released on July 18, 2006. In February and March 2007, the band headlined the 2007 edition of the Take Action Tour.[7] "False Pretense" impacted radio on March 13.[8] The album was re-released on March 20. From late June to late August, the band went on the 2007 edition of Warped Tour.[9] "Your Guardian Angel" was released to radio on August 7.[10] In October and November, the band went on a US tour with Amber Pacific and New Years Day.[11] In April 2008, the band went on an acoustic US tour, dubbed Unplugged and Unaffected.[12] In early May, the band appeared at the 2008 edition of the Bamboozle festival.[13]


In 2014, the band released "Don't You Fake It (Alliance Edition)", a remaster of the album. The remaster, as told by the band, was specifically done for an iTunes release, but is also available on other platforms. The tracklisting is mostly identical to the original album, but removes "Damn Regret", and adds "Disconnected" from the Deluxe Edition as well as "The Grimm Goodbye" from certain releases of the original album.[14]


Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[5]
Alternative Addiction3.5/5 stars[2]
RockLouder2/5 stars[16]

A writer for Alternative Addiction said that the band's overall musicianship was "a mouth-watering hybrid of the best traits associated with bands like Underoath, Story of the Year and The All American Rejects", concluding that "TRJA may lack innovation, but push all the right buttons in terms of merging popular rock genres."[2] Corey Apar from AllMusic praised the single "Face Down" as a highlight and commended both "Cat and Mouse" and "Your Guardian Angel" for breaking up the "steadfast urgency" throughout the album, but felt the overall sound was too reminiscent of contemporaries like Jimmy Eat World and The Used, concluding that "it's all not quite enough to wash out the generic taste left in one's mouth by the end. The band may not be faking anything, but even earnestness isn't always enough."[5] IGN's Chad Grischow said that there was "more promise than substance on their debut", giving praise to Ronnie Winter's vocal performance and the tracks for containing "a powerful rock punch with hard-crashing guitar riffs and driving beats supporting solid emo hooks", but said that it "fits a little too comfortably among the hundreds of other pop-punk and emo releases of the summer. It is certainly not the worst of them, but it is hardly the best either." He concluded that "in the overcrowded state of the genre their debut fails to make a splash."[15]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number 25 on the Billboard 200 and moved 25,000 copies in its first week.[17] By August 2006, the album had sold over 100,000 copies,[18] and has sold 852,000 copies as of August 2008.[19] It was eventually certified Platinum in May 2016.[20]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Ronnie Winter, except where noted.

Don't You Fake It
1."In Fate's Hands"3:27
3."False Pretense"2:27
4."Face Down"3:10
5."Misery Loves Its Company"3:14
6."Cat and Mouse"3:27
7."Damn Regret"2:44
9."Seventeen Ain't So Sweet"3:20
11."Your Guardian Angel" (includes 1:30 of silence)5:21
12."The Grim Goodbye" (Winter, Duke Kitchens, Thomas Amason, Thomas Wurth, DanWagler) (hidden track; does not appear on all editions of the album)7:40
Total length:44:28


  • Making the Album – Behind the Scenes
  • "Face Down" (music video)
  • "False Pretense" (music video)
  • Behind the Scenes – "False Pretense"
  • On the Road with RJA


Credits adapted from the liner notes of Don't You Fake It.[21]

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
Additional musicians
  • Randy Winter – drums, sequencers on "In Fate's Hands" and "Justify"
  • Dan Korneff – strings

Charts and certifications[edit]


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  2. ^ a b c "Album Review of Don't You Fake It by The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus". Alternative Addiction. Retrieved March 27, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Don't You Fake It". 
  4. ^ "The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Don't You Fake It". 
  5. ^ a b c Apar, Corey. "Don't You Fake It - The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus". AllMusic. Retrieved August 4, 2011. 
  6. ^ "". AbsolutePunk. SpinMedia. Archived from the original on October 5, 2007. Retrieved August 2, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Routing for Take Action Tour 2007 revealed". Alternative Press. December 6, 2006. Retrieved August 8, 2016. 
  8. ^ " Alternative eWeekly". AllAccess. March 6, 2007. Retrieved July 1, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Throwdown added to Warped 07; Madina Lake drop off". Alternative Press. April 26, 2007. Retrieved August 21, 2016. 
  10. ^ "FMQB Airplay Archive: Modern Rock". Friday Morning Quarterback Album Report, Incorporated. Archived from the original on March 22, 2013. Retrieved October 31, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Drummer of Amber Pacific arrested in Philadelphia". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. October 20, 2007. Retrieved July 8, 2017. 
  12. ^ "The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus announce acoustic East Coast tour". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. March 6, 2008. Retrieved July 9, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Chiodos, Finch, the Starting Line, Senses Fail on Bamboozle 08". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. November 9, 2007. Retrieved July 8, 2017. 
  14. ^ First time ever re mastered by the band for iTunes!!!
  15. ^ a b Grischow, Chad (July 21, 2006). "The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus - Don't You Fake It". IGN. Archived from the original on September 28, 2008. Retrieved July 21, 2017. 
  16. ^ RockLouder review
  17. ^ Hasty, Katie (July 26, 2006). "'NOW 22' Remains Atop Album Chart In Slow Sales Week". Billboard. Retrieved May 10, 2018. 
  18. ^ Kohli, Rohan (August 30, 2006). "Soundscan Results: Week Ending August 27th, 2006". AbsolutePunk. Archived from the original on July 24, 2012. Retrieved February 12, 2016. 
  19. ^ Cohen, Jonathan (August 18, 2006). "Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Recording New Album". Billboard. Retrieved June 23, 2016. 
  20. ^ a b "American album certifications – The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus – Don't You Fake It". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
  21. ^ Don't You Fake It (booklet). The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. Virgin. 2006. 0946 3 62829 2 3.