Review: Peeping Tom – S/T

Originally published in Linoleum Magazine June 2006

The project-juggling studio chameleon Mike Patton unleashes a strange experiment with a surprisingly straight-forward modus operandi: to lace densely layered noise-pop with infectious backbeats, Fantomas-style cut-ups and chart-topping star turns.

The work has roots all over the ever-growing Patton canon, from the addictive wails and hooks of The Real Thing-era Faith No More and the grungy rap/rock collaborations of Judgment Night to the pastiche-splice of Mr. Bungle’s California and the vocal acrobatics of Adult Themes.

But the latest experiment, after six years of anticipation and leaked demos, may surprise listeners for the degree of its conviction.

With alarming contributions from the likes of Dan The Automator, Kool Keith and even Norah Jones, it’s a indie-rock/hip-hop/dance-pop hybrid whose 11 tracks are tough to write off as just another bizarre sideshow in the Ipecac catalog.

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