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Album: Break It Up
# Song Title   Time
1)    Heartbeats Album Version More Info... 2:15
2)    After Hours Album Version More Info... 2:49
3)    Ecstatic Appeal Album Version More Info... 3:34
4)    Band On The Run Album Version More Info... 3:04
5)    I Hate People More Info... 3:19
6)    Looking For Trouble Album Version More Info... 2:26
7)    Retrograde Album Version More Info... 3:34
8)    Nashville Shores Album Version More Info... 3:05
9)    No Good Album Version More Info... 3:03
10)    D Is For Danger Album Version More Info... 3:06
11)    Selfish Heart Album Version More Info... 2:16
12)    Undesirable Album Version More Info... 3:20
13)    So Sick! Album Version More Info... 2:40
 

Album: Break It Up
# Song Title   Time
1)    Heartbeats Album Version More Info... 2:15
2)    After Hours Album Version More Info... 2:49
3)    Ecstatic Appeal Album Version More Info... 3:34
4)    Band On The Run Album Version More Info... 3:04
5)    I Hate People More Info... 3:19
6)    Looking For Trouble Album Version More Info... 2:26
7)    Retrograde Album Version More Info... 3:34
8)    Nashville Shores Album Version More Info... 3:05
9)    No Good Album Version More Info... 3:03
10)    D Is For Danger Album Version More Info... 3:06
11)    Selfish Heart Album Version More Info... 2:16
12)    Undesirable Album Version More Info... 3:20
13)    So Sick! Album Version More Info... 2:40
 
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  • Personnel: Jemina Pearl (vocals); Iggy Pop, James Pearl (vocals); Thurston Moore (guitar, background vocals); Derek Stanton (guitar).
  • Audio Mixer: John Angello.
  • Recording information: Water Music Recorders.
  • Photographer: Jimmy Abegg.
  • The title of Jemina Pearl's first post-Be Your Own Pet album, Break It Up, could apply to a fight or a band -- and in Pearl's case, it's a little of both. Be Your Own Pet's music and attitude (especially on-stage) were so riotous that it was clear they wouldn't last long. The band folded not too long after the release of its second album, Get Awkward, which had one of its best songs, "Becky," cut from the official release because its nasty update of girl group pop was deemed too violent by the record label. It's no coincidence that some of that song's mix of sugar and spite resurfaces on Break It Up, since Pearl wrote the track with Be Your Own Pet drummer John Eatherly and he remains her chief collaborator here. The pair worked with producer John Agnello on these songs, and even though they're far more polished and sedate than Be Your Own Pet were at their tamest, Pearl and Eatherly still specialize in twisted pop with a mean streak. This time, however, they draw from influences like Blondie and the Go-Go's and collaborators who include David Sitek, Redd Kross' Steve McDonald, that dog.'s Anna Waronker, and Thurston Moore (who lends some of his effortless cool to "D Is for Danger"'s backing vocals). It's Iggy Pop, however, who contributes Break It Up's standout "I Hate People," a love song for misanthropes that updates punk's penchant for subverting '50s and early-'60s pop and rock. Pearl isn't a particularly nuanced singer, but she still gets to explore sounds and moods that wouldn't have been possible with Be Your Own Pet's brand of chaos. Though there are a few songs ("Looking for Trouble," "So Sick") that don't stray far from Eatherly and Pearl's previous band, she discovers new shades of being a bad -- or more accurately, independent -- girl with tracks like "Ecstatic Appeal," an unabashedly girly song about not needing any old guy because she's a Gemini and therefore never lonely, and the brooding death wish pop of "Retrograde." Still, Break It Up's highlights are the songs that feel the most autobiographical. "Nashville Shores" sums up her time in that city with the one-two lyrical punch "Boys are bad! Beer is cheap!" and she waves "goodbye with a middle finger" on the fiery "Band on the Run." Pearl and Eatherly don't escape their past entirely on Break It Up, but they're well on their way to waving goodbye to it. ~ Heather Phares
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