New Music Report: Jemina Pearl


Former Be Your Own Pet frontwoman Jemina Pearl is breaking out on her own with solo album Break It Up, Christian Hoard's "Christian Rock" new music pick of the week. Pearl's pal Thurston Moore stars in the video for "I Hate People" from the 22-year-old's solo debut, and Iggy Pop sings on the track, too. Without her former bandmates, Pearl is still smart, talented and bratty, but she scales down the cartoonishness and ups the nuance, packing her LP with vibrant and catchy songs with a slightly broader pallet. There's a sweet ode to her hometown called "Nashville Shores" and guest help from TV on the Radio's David Sitek, who plays on "Static Appeal," the LP's strongest track. Throughout there are bratty lyrics about doing cocaine and flipping the bird, but Pearl also sings about crying black tears and dancing with herself — kind of like spunky versions of confessional pop, like Pink blended with X-Ray Spex.

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