Teenage Hate - The Reatards
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  • Band members: Jay Reatard, Greg Cartwright
  • Summary: The rerelease of the punk band's first album includes the EP Fuck Elvis Here's The Raetards.
  • Record Label: Goner Records
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Garage Punk, Indie Rock, Punk Revival
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  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Jun 2, 2011
    90
    Teenage Hate expresses the beginnings of Jay Reatard with the kind of clarity many missing him desired to see. Here was a boy on the verge of becoming a man. Pissed off with the world around him, he clearly had the maturity to express this anger with punchy songwriting. What remains truly important about the release is how happy he was at being able to do just that.
  2. Jun 2, 2011
    86
    As a first step, both Teenage Hate and Fuck Elvis Here's the Reatards are astonishing. All the energy one could hear in Reatard's better-known work is here in it's rawest, most volatile form.
  3. Jun 10, 2011
    82
    Teenage Hate is the kind of record best heard straight through, as it's hard to pick out and pick apart particular songs.
  4. Jun 2, 2011
    80
    While Teenage Hate sits squarely in the flamey-shirt scene of the '90s, even the greaser version of Jay knew how to bust up cliches.
  5. 80
    For Jay Reatard's followers, this is a great chance to look back in the past and discover where his music started and, with the benefit of hindsight, see how it evolved. It may not win over any new fans, but the ones who followed Reatard's career should be pleased with Teenage Hate/Fuck Elvis, Here's the Reatards.
  6. Jun 2, 2011
    75
    The whole album sounds like it was recorded on a telephone, which means that on the rare occasions when the songs push past the two-minute mark, the noisiness obscures Reatard's power-pop and rockabilly-influenced melodies. But Reatard's self-deprecating sense of humor-matched to songs about how he "ain't got no home" and "don't give a shit about anything"--put all the youthful rebellion and sonic slop in context.
  7. Jul 28, 2011
    60
    It's relentlessly repetitive in style and mood, but Lindsey's howling hormonal rage still feels exhilarating. [Aug 2011, p.97]

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  1. Jan 16, 2014
    10
    Masterful punk rock from an angry Memphis kid who just couldn't -or didn't want to- get happy or comfortable with his surroundings. Reatard tears though these tracks with audacity that would remain through his solo albums and work with Lost Sounds. The riffs are never too stale, the lyrics contain a brilliant and unique take on classic punk angst, and the production has plenty of dirt, leaving just enough clarity for Reatard's "Teenage Hate" to be recognized by the listener. Expand