Ian Brennan

Teacher's Pet

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Like most of Ian Brennan's music, Teacher's Pet is bleak, cynical, and depressing. Unfortunately on this album he overdoes it to the point of self-parody -- these songs on the themes of school and childhood are so unrelievedly dark and melodramatic that they can't be taken seriously. Brennan is a good singer and lyricist and a talented arranger, and it's strange that he couldn't figure out that this album would have been vastly better if it had even a few moments of upbeat material for contrast. As it is, Teacher's Pet is so repetitive, so willfully pessimistic, that even the good lyrics and thoughtful ideas get lost in the general gloom.

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