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Be Your Own Pet

The music industry takes forever to change direction or regain lost momentum -- hence the release of back-to-rock CDs like this one a year or two after the trend peaked. If Be Your Own Pet's latest seems doomed to commercial failure, however, the disc is more than lively enough to justify its existence.

The show's star is Jemina Pearl, a Nashville teen with a raucous squawk and a degree from the fat-cat-on-a-mat school of rhyming. Granted, "Bicycle Bicycle, You Are My Bicycle" ain't exactly Keats, but verses such as "We will come to your town/Burn your house down/Turn the sky brown/All because...we're on two wheels, baby!" are irresistible -- and so is the decision to the name a 105-second-long sonic spasm "Stairway to Heaven."

Although some of this material coasts by on sheer exuberance, the results still add up to a half-hour of "Fuuuuuun" (the name of another tune here). This particular Pet may be bound for the death house, but it's gonna have a good time before getting the gas.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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