Get Awkward - Be Your Own Pet
Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. Even with song subjects nicked from movies, the only false thing here is the title: Get Awkward my ass. It's extremely difficult to imagine these hyperdrive darlings as anything but fully adept.
  2. Get Awkward is relentless, riotous and raw.
  3. 80
    A second album every bit as upbeat, funny and furious as their eponymous 2006 debut. [Apr 2008, p.105]
  4. BYOP remain blissfully bored by the idea of lyrical or musical subtlety, which is why they're so perfect.
  5. While the band is ferocious and tight, Pearl in particular has attained force-of-nature caliber formidability, not just in the burgeoning mastery of her commanding rapid-fire squeal, but in her frankly sexual gaze and world-devouring disdain for all things not awesome.
  6. They've managed to inject 15 punk songs with youthful energy and just enough variety to keep things interesting, crafting a goofy, yet determined record.
  7. Get Awkward is mostly more of the same but with more hooks, more wit, and a hell of a lot more emotion.
  8. Thankfully, if anything differentiates the terrific Get Awkward from its hardly inauspicious predecessor, it's that this one may be even less complicated. Whereas the debut made room for actual relationships and a couple of headlong jams, this is a tighter, blunter assault, affording Pearl only just enough room to summarize B-movie plots or super-soak society.
  9. The guitar work here is still ten times rangier and more inventive than you'd expect, but it takes a few very professional steps back, nailing down its snappy flourishes amid ecstatic "whoo!"s, new-wave poses, and occasional clouds of glitter and confetti.
  10. This means that even though Get Awkward starts at a frenetic pace and pretty much keeps slapping you about the face for the next half hour--there’s hardly a song that goes above 2-minutes-30--it doesn’t feel like an assault.
  11. But no matter, because the tracks that Universal has okayed are the kind of ballsy primal rock that conjures up images of a glorious multicolor three-way between Bikini Kill, the Ramones, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
  12. [Jemina Pearl's] shrieking self-reliance rings powerful as ever on the Nashville garage-punk quartet's sophomore album.
  13. 72
    So even though the songs have great live potential and are manufactured with poppy punk precision, the end product doesn't quite fit the equation. [Winter 2008, p.95]
  14. Still, the best songs have more than enough energy and creativity to prevent this album from being an Awkward sophomore slump.
  15. Let it also be said that Jemima Pearl’s voice has improved in a myriad of ways; throughout Be Awkward, she wails, rally-cries, and (especially on 'Becky') croons with a range of emotions that were bereft in previous recordings. If there’s one thing Be Awkward has in common with BYOP’s first effort, it’s the fact that it runs a bit long.
  16. There's plenty of kicks left over, but it tilts the impression of the band. The Teen Beat questionnaires that come in the disc jacket (What's your favorite color? What's your shoe size?) and the shortened tracklist end up emphasizing the nerdiness over the jerkiness.
  17. What BYOP now lack is the element of surprise that made their debut such a kick; they no longer sound as if they had something to prove, and that drains their music of much of its charm.
  18. 60
    Jemina Pearl's voice is compelling, ensuring Be Your Own Pet sound like a candy-coloured, pocket-sized Yeah Yeah Yeahs. [may 2008, p.87]
  19. 60
    Get Awkward showcases a sound reliant on the push and pull between a band whose middle ground is fun.
  20. Singer and girl-Iggy Jemina Pearl's the star, bringing admirable conviction to her tales of boredom, drug-taking and, in the case of the Perky 'Food Fight,' "extra cheese in your face." [Apr 2008, p.102]
  21. There is a breadth of influence throughout, even if the energy level rarely falls below absurdly scorching and the sonic approach remains a fuzzy haze. [Apr 2008, p.150]
  22. Get Awkward, as an album, is a step up, and it certainly has highs and lows, but what I’m really missing here are things like "Bicycle Bicycle, You Are My Bicycle" or even “October, First Account,” songs that really stick out.
  23. By riding high on punchy impulses, Get Awkward ends up being a solid follow-up even if it doesn’t sound as instantly re-playable as the band’s charismatic first LP.
  24. Now they’re back, back, back (repetition absolutely necessary) with a second dose of barely-pubesced raucousness and, a mere two spins down the line, DiS is seriously reconsidering the prospect of having children, like, ever.
  25. 50
    Get Awkward's forced rhymes and attitude sound almost calculated. [Apr 2008, p.92]
  26. By mid-disc, 'Bitches Leave' and 'Bummer Time' have turned lukewarm-bratty, as the remainder of the album stumbles between self-destruction, self-reflection, and breaking shit, and not in a real cohesive way.
  27. Unfortunately, creativity is nonexistent on Get Awkward. [Spring 2008, p.82]
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. DanielB.
    Jul 9, 2009
    8
    Great album by an awesome but now sadly defunct band.
  2. EricC.
    Nov 19, 2008
    7
    When they ditch the grating teen angst image midway through the album for the madness of food fights and zombies, the album takes off. Not When they ditch the grating teen angst image midway through the album for the madness of food fights and zombies, the album takes off. Not great, but pretty darn good. Sucks that they broke up already, though. Oh, and the cut tracks are released on vinyl. Better start collecting LPs, suckers. Full Review »
  3. TBone
    Jun 7, 2008
    5
    I guess i need the UK version. They must have cut some good songs... The only two I like are: Zombie and Whats your damage. I really loved I guess i need the UK version. They must have cut some good songs... The only two I like are: Zombie and Whats your damage. I really loved the 1st album. Full Review »