Friday, March 21, 2008

Frock rock three - Pet sounds

PUNK revivalists Be Your Own Pet's second album Get Awkward is like reliving your formative teenage years all over again.
Singer Jemina Pearl Abegg's cutesy yet gutsy voice is perfect for this blistering collection of primal pop songs about subjects such as lust, violence and school.
In fact, here in the UK we are lucky to have three songs included - Black Hole, Becky and Blow Yr Mind - that were deemed too extreme for the US market.
So with Abegg's brilliant frontwoman turn and the band's undeniably brilliant garage rock backing you'd think you'd be on to a winner...
But in actuality the subject matter both makes Get Awkward and lets it down.
Like being a teenager was, at times it's exhilerating, and other times cringeworthy, and after one trip through it, you wouldn't really want to go back and do it all again, would you?

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