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Get Awkward

Be Your Own Pet

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Album Review

It only took Be Your Own Pet a year and a half to follow up their debut album with Get Awkward, but during that time the band grew from teenagers to adults, and it shows in their music. Get Awkward is still plenty mischievous, but the mischief is more honed, with a wicked mean streak to boot. Instead of singing about bicycles, vacations, and adventures, Jemina Pearl and crew tackle subjects like boredom and paranoia on "Creepy Crawl" and self-loathing on "The Beast Within," but they sound pretty excited to be so jaded. The hyperactive venom of Be Your Own Pet's "Let's Get Sandy (Big Problem)" gets more focus on "Bitches Leave," a snotty, snarly punk rant which sounds a little like the Donnas on an especially pissed-off day. Fortunately, though, Get Awkward isn't too mature for its own good: "Heart Throb" captures the jubilant, stomach-aching power of a crush, as Pearl makes eyes at a guy she likes while her boyfriend is right beside her; "What's Your Damage" nails that obsessive state where love, hate, and pain are all the same thing. The band's vivid way with storytelling takes on a filmic flair with "The Kelly Affair," a clever update of Valley of the Dolls' go-go, pill-popping melodrama, and "Zombie Graveyard Party," where Pearl yells "Party in the graveyard tonight!" with all the gusto of a B-movie scream queen. Get Awkward's more structured songs shine the spotlight even more brightly on Pearl's vocal antics and lyrics, to the point that the other bandmembers feel like her henchmen as she rails against weak boys and jealous girls on "You're a Waste." Thrashy, repetitive tracks like "Twisted Nerve" and "Bummer Time" leave her and the rest of the band flailing without making much of an impact, and nothing has the weird, wild sweetness of Be Your Own Pet's "Adventure" or "Wildcat!" Still, the best songs have enough energy and creativity to keep the album from being an Awkward sophomore slump.

Customer Reviews

Brilliance.

Waited for this for a long time - partly because I am utterly in love with Pearl, the super sexy singer. But I have to say, it was well worth the wait. Although I would suggest that if you didn't like the first album , then this one may not be to your taste either. There are however, a few standout tracks which show a fair amount of increased maturity and musical progression - 'Becky' and 'You're a Waste'. So if you don't want to commit to the full album, but want a little taster, I would recommend downloading those two tracks. However, I thoroughly believe the whole album is brilliant the whole way through, and especially love 'Zombie Graveyard Party.' In fact, I love it all. With the tiny bits of random talk at the end of a afew songs, it adds a personal touch to the record and I think that that really brings out how amazingit is. £7.99 - bargain.

Get Awesome

There is only one way to describe Get Awkward - pure awesomeness! Long time fans will not be disappointed and newcomers shall fall in love with it instantly. A more mature, melodic piece than their debut self titled album but with none of the insane energy lost. Not a single track on the album will let you down, each one could stand alone. But some do indeed stand out, take for example "The Kelly Affair". Full of the youthful energy we've come to expect from Be Your Own Pet, nowhere is the new yet familiar sound more evident. This is a real party tune. "Heart Throb" is another killer tune worth mentioning, frenzied and fast with a damn catchy tune, byop at their best. It is a similar story for such tracks as "Black Hole" and "Blow Your Mind", where the band take what made their last album brilliant and added their new twist. From the get go this record is just bursting with energy and the pace is not dropped along the way, perfect for those who like the be on the go constantly. Appropriately the last song "The Beast Within" contains the line "I don't want to go to bed" So, if that sounds like you then this is the album to purchase because with Get Awkward going to bed will be the last thing on your mind!

awsome

been waiting for this for ages and its amazing

Biography

Formed: 2003 in Nashville, TN

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Blasting out of Nashville, TN, like a bottle rocket, the teenage garage-noise-pop band Be Your Own Pet makes music that's as frenzied as it is catchy. The band formed in 2003 out of the ashes of Night Shift Nurses, which was the project of drummer Jamin Orrall and his bassist brother Jeff. The pair practiced in their basement and also ran the label Infinity Cat; and eventually joined forces with guitarist Jonas Stein — who was in another band on the label, Jimmy Cushman?, at the time —...
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