Pet Grief is the second studio album by Swedish dream pop band The Radio Dept., released on 12 April 2006 through Labrador Records.[2]

Pet Grief
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Studio album by
Released12 April 2006 (2006-04-12)
  • Johan Duncansson
  • Martin Larsson
The Radio Dept. chronology
Lesser Matters
Pet Grief
Clinging to a Scheme
Singles from Pet Grief
  1. "The Worst Taste in Music"
    Released: 15 March 2006 (2006-03-15)[1]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [3]
The Guardian     [4]

Pitchfork's John Motley wrote, "The songs on Pet Grief are easy to fall in love with; the facile melodies and slick production eliminate any barriers to enjoyment. But the lack of challenge— few surprises, scant diversity— means you won't want to put the album on for repeat listens, even if you're never compelled to turn it off while it's playing. Radio Dept. could sacrifice a little polish for a few more rough edges."[5] AllMusic critic K. Ross Hoffman thought only a handful of the tracks are comparable to "the remarkably consistent quality" of the band's debut, Lesser Matters (2004), further elaborating: "It may be that they were just more interested in album-length ambience than stand-alone pop this time around—a couple of brief, spacy instrumentals seem to suggest as much. In that sense the album must certainly be regarded as a success; it's a rich and evocative mood piece, and still eminently worth hearing. It's just a minor disappointment when a band so adept at bridging the style-substance divide decide to limit themselves to just one facet of their talents."[3] Maddy Costa of The Guardian stated that "in the right mood, there is something shy and lovely about Pet Grief, ghosts of the C86 sound that make you want to grab a cardigan and sway."[4]

Track listingEdit

All lyrics are written by Johan Duncanson; all music is composed by Johan Duncanson, except where noted.

1."It's Personal" 3:38
2."Pet Grief"
  • Johan Duncanson
  • Martin Larsson
3."A Window"
  • Duncanson
  • Larsson
4."I Wanted You to Feel the Same" 2:31
5."South Side" 1:16
6."The Worst Taste in Music" 3:21
7."Every Time" 3:44
8."What Will Give?"
  • Duncanson
  • Larsson
  • Daniel Tjäder
10."Sleeping In" 3:31
  • Duncanson
  • Max Weiland
12."Always a Relief" 3:21
Total length:37:13


Credits adapted from the liner notes of Pet Grief.[6]

The Radio Dept.

  • Johan Duncanson – vocals, guitar, keyboards, production, mixing
  • Martin Larsson – guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, production, mixing
  • Daniel Tjäder – keyboards

Additional personnel

  • Per Blomgren – drums (track 3)
  • Alan Duncanson – cover photo
  • Göran Olsson – inside photo


Chart (2006) Peak
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[7] 12


  1. ^ "The Worst Taste In Music – EP by The Radio Dept". iTunes Store. United Kingdom. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  2. ^ "The Radio Dept. – Pet Grief". Labrador Records. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  3. ^ a b Hoffman, K. Ross. "Pet Grief – The Radio Dept". AllMusic. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  4. ^ a b Costa, Maddy (27 October 2006). "The Radio Dept, Pet Grief". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  5. ^ a b Motley, John (16 June 2006). "The Radio Dept.: Pet Grief Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  6. ^ Pet Grief (CD liner notes). The Radio Dept. Labrador Records. 2006. LAB095.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  7. ^ " – The Radio Dept. – Pet Grief". Hung Medien. Retrieved 12 November 2018.