Be Your Own Pet - Be Your Own Pet

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. 100
    A blur of shouted vocals, tribal drums and scattershot riffs.
  2. Mouthy, destructive, confused, sexed-up but no sex object, Jemima Pearl is the pearl.
  3. Once a punky brat, Jemima Pearl now sounds like a punk broad -- like she might join the Donnas if that was a better job. But listen through the bigger voice and louder mix and you'll hear someone who's thinking all the time.
  4. Even at its most ominous, though, the album never loses its verve or vitality. It's just one quick hit after another, a succession of aural whippets that last long after the record's over.
  5. Much of the reason for bothering with BYOP lies in the absolute glory of hearing Pearl succeed in making every lyrical couplet she spews forth sound as if she's been drinking cider since birth and is ready to hurl... anytime... now!
  6. 80
    It's an album, like most teenagers, that is sometimes awkward and exhausting, but also joyous, un-jaded, and bursting at the seams with promise. [Apr 2006, p.114]
  7. 80
    Sweaty, sloppy and desperately quick. [Jul 2006, p.102]
  8. This is a young band not taking themselves too seriously, and you can really picture them as they rock out and enjoy themselves.
  9. "Be Your Own Pet" is smart and crafty, but most of all, it's a wild-eyed blast.
  10. Be Your Own Pet's two-minute blasts of post-pubescence are true testament to the loud, fast rules of punk.
  11. Smart and witty touches abound. [4 Jun 2006]
  12. Fun--but not terribly original. [9 Jun 2006, p.136]
  13. BYOP’s debut cascades on itself. Its compulsive, one-sitting punk is delivered with absolute self-conviction.
  14. The real star here is Pearl, who’s about as respectful and modest as chewing bubble gum in science class. [#14]
  15. Like scoffing a King sized Mars Bar, the instant gratification and sugar rush is soon superseded with nausea, whining and guilt.
  16. Even though Be Your Own Pet were more consistent, or maybe just easier to keep up with, on their EPs, there's still plenty of hyperactive fun (or rather, fuuuuuun) to be found here.
  17. 70
    Pearl may have studied Karen O's textbook, but when her bandmates rev up a proper garage-rock racket, she dives in like she was born with her own irresistible rock-star sneer. [Jul 2006, p.82]
  18. An album adhering so strictly to a simple formula can't help but become redundant.
  19. If the album breezes past you without leaving much of an impression, if the songs sound all too much the same, we can forgive them.
  20. Yes, the album drags. Yes, the tracks bleed into each other. It is, ultimately, a tiring listen from a band whose sole aim seems to be to innervate every neurone in your body.
  21. For the most part, the band's jagged guitars and bludgeoning backbeats play by the punk rulebook. [Jul 2006, p.186]
  22. Be Your Own Pet attacks with enthusiasm, and everything here rocks sufficently, although some remedial songwriting classes may be required before they make the move to sports arenas.
  23. Their music lacks any trace of sophistication or nuance. [Apr 2006, p.112]
  24. The concept is fun, and sometimes they strike pop gold... But the underlying premise, which is that this racket is some badge of teenage authenticity, is self-limiting.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 16
  2. Negative: 4 out of 16
  1. JohnE
    Sep 10, 2007
    I'm 45 yrz old ha! and I LOVE Be Yr Own Pet!!!! They've got a million times more personality, humor, energy and charm...Bunk Skunk Trunk and Bog are the two best punk songz I've heard since 1977! I mean come on, all those boymallpunk bandz sound freakin' TAME in comparison (boring, too). Full Review »
  2. GuyH
    Jan 8, 2007
    Shame on you if you can't enjoy this!! "I need more subtlety, variety, meaningful lyrics, moan, grumble, moan..." This album aint for you buddy!! As the lady would put it herself "I'm sorry ... I'm NOT SORRY!!!!!" The lyrics are so hysterically funny at points you can't help but laugh! Awesome Full Review »
  3. JoelS
    Sep 10, 2006
    Not really ground-breaking. But the songs are all so fun and catchy! Very, very solid stuff