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Pet Genius Pet Genius

01. Doomsday 02. The Visiting Dynamiter 03. Walls of Etiquette 04. Man of the Mountain 05. Float My Boat 06. Emit Fo Deeps Eht Esare 07. Erase the Speed of Time 08. Cosmic Erosion 09. Trash Heap Swing 10. Chromatic Blues 11. Scrapyard King
2007 Hydra Head Records
Our score 7


Since his time in Cave In, Stephen Brodsky has had an active following (and release calender). Their 2003 album Antenna landed a major label (which didn't last long) release and presented a poppier, relatively softer sound that wasn't generally accepted by the long-time fans. This direction was also displayed in his solo project preceding the label jump, and in newer projects New Idea Society and last years short lived Octave Museum. The sunshiny day approach worked well but left many people wondering where the big riff went. Well, Brodsky is back in business with Cave In counterpart Hydra Head, and he's brought some old friends with him. Pet Genius is rounded out by another part Octave Museum on bass and the Doomriders drum demon, officially Johnny Coolbreeze and J.R. John Junior, respectively. They released the unreleased Elvis Demo not too long ago and toured lightly, which left many in quiet anticipation of this self-titled full length. The album opener "Doomsday" shares the dirty reverb and stripped-down song structure that the EP introduced, as Brodsky howls his oh's the whole way through until they stumble into the more peaceful "The Visiting Dynamiter." This pattern repeats itself once more past the would-be hit single "Walls of Etiquette" and "Man of the Mountain," where the simple riffs and steady beats leave me puzzling what Black Sabbath would have sounded like at Woodstock. A curious double take sitting at the center of the album finds Brodsky in release of some salty noodling, and the power half-hour is over after two more bass lines you couldn't chew on enough to soften up. "Trash Heap Swing," as it sounds, seemed an oddly placed (and unnecessary) waste, but the title came back into play during "Scrapyard King," which is the albums longest and most formal song. The production is where it needs to be and the lyrics I'm sure are about something miraculously useless, but who the hell cares, it's a rock album. Bottom Line: Pet Genius is Boston's answer to a savvier White Stripes, the kind of noise rock a Beach Boys raised eight-year-old Buzz Osborne dreamt of. It's more of a nuisance pet than a genius, something that keeps outsmarting you despite its lower trophic level, something you can't see hiding under the glass coffee table and behind those fauxhogany rabbit statues you keep by the front door. Not quite as catchy as "Get Out" and not nearly as heavy as "Moral Eclipse," we are looking at a new era that is still unmistakably Brodsky, something that lacks in complexity and originality but redeems itself in execution. Your neighbors won't be confident enough to yell at you for playing it too loudly.


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anonymous 11/13/2007 12:19:51 PM

uh oh. new reviewer.

xtroyx_ 11/13/2007 2:09:20 PM

swing and a miss for brodsky. i dig everything else.. but this isn't too good.

anonymous 11/13/2007 2:30:24 PM

trend hoping loser.

shredtacular_ 11/13/2007 2:50:21 PM

what a terrible review, i have no idea what the hell this album is about, and really what "aaris" thinks about it. nice choice webster

joe_ 11/13/2007 2:54:56 PM

this is a great review. couldn't have said it better myself.

jerseyislame_ 11/13/2007 3:07:59 PM

i've never been so confused in my life after reading the bottom line.

putupyerdukes_ 11/13/2007 3:14:04 PM

yea what is with that last line? F- review.

wtf_ 11/13/2007 3:21:27 PM

throwing in big words to your sentences does not make you smart, you f*cking parasitic bookworm

inkedeyes_ 11/13/2007 5:19:34 PM

this review was ok, but not very informative. he spent more time discussing the background of stephen brodsky then he did the record. and how can you say this record is unoriginal

anonymous 11/13/2007 5:23:34 PM

this reviewer sucks. gluck-ish.

anonymous 11/13/2007 5:53:02 PM

why dont you guys just listen to them yourself if its such a horrible review? its not that bad of a review .... srsly? he describes everything that you need to know about the release until you have to go listen to it yourself.. you assclowns are just bored and no lives and like to act as tough as possible because your on a god damned computer

blah _ 11/13/2007 6:24:37 PM

good review for a first off. great album! 7/10 is quite fair. hope Brodsky keeps pulling off his crazy ass ideas.

xnvb_ 11/14/2007 2:26:47 AM

calendar* lol.

brendan_ 11/14/2007 11:06:25 AM

how can you release an unreleased demo, you f*cking moron?

thalassa_ 11/14/2007 4:15:08 PM

review was terrible except for the summary, expand that writing style into a full review, and your reviews will be better.

anonymous 11/14/2007 8:02:17 PM

Not quite as catchy as "Get Out" and not nearly as heavy as "Moral Eclipse," --- oh, it doesnt reach both extremes which occured at completely different points in his career? geez! what an jerk!

tinky winky_ 11/14/2007 9:22:37 PM

usually i think these comments are just useless, but this reviewer is terrible. i hope his reviewing is a one time occurrence due to a "take your child to work" day.

A K U M A _ 11/16/2007 10:28:01 AM


xcorruptx_ 11/16/2007 3:06:31 PM

"They released the unreleased Elvis Demo not too long ago " Huh? Editing?

thalassa_ 11/16/2007 3:57:43 PM

the name of their ep was called "elvis unreleased". that's where all the confusion is stemming from.

anonymous 11/19/2007 11:17:48 AM

yeah this review is slightly pretentious. also i have NO IDEA what this album actually sounds like, thanks to the review

shark_ 3/18/2008 6:13:58 PM

This is the first thing Brodsky has done in years that I could get into. The last few Cave In records were lacking something and his solo stuff is just like a shittier Cave In. This is noisy, interesting, rocking, and doesn't take itself too seriously. I thought the review was good, too, but I usually disagree with the slew of retarded things written in comments on this site. Dumb motherf*ckers all around.