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Be Your Own Pet: Get Awkward [Universal/Ecstatic Peace, 2008]
They grow up so fast. Once a punky brat, Jemima Pearl now sounds like a punk broad--like she might join the Donnas if that was a better job. But listen through the bigger voice and louder mix and you'll hear someone who's thinking all the time. Not about tunes--that's Jonah's department, which he's getting better at. About consequences. Then it's on to "Food Fight!" and "Zombie Graveyard Party!" "Next year she'll be 21, look out world she wants to have fun," she shouts. Only actually, it's this year. June 20, in fact. Uh-oh. A-