Jemina Pearl, 'Break It Up' (Ecstatic Peace/Universal)

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Break It Up
Critical Mass
Label: Ecstatic Peace/Universal

by Mikael Wood

On her sweetly sassy solo debut, former Be Your Own Pet frontwoman Jemina Pearl makes the big pop move BYOP always seemed suspicious of, singing about good times and bad boys over fuzzy girl-group guitars that collapse the distance between the Ronettes and the Runaways. (Tweepunk fans nostalgic for the cardigan-clad likes of Tiger Trap will love this record.) The album's best cut, "I Hate People," is an unexpectedly bubbly May-December duet with Iggy Pop, but all of Break It Up ripples with raw power.

LISTEN: Jemina Pearl featuring Iggy Pop, "I Hate People" (DOWNLOAD MP3)

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