Review: Peeping Tom – S/T

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. – Linoleum Magazine, June 2006


About the author

Justin Vellucci is a staff writer for PopMatters, Spectrum Culture, and MusicTAP, a contributor to Pittsburgh Current, and a former staffer for Popdose, Punk Planet and Delusions of Adequacy. His music writing has appeared in national magazines such as American Songwriter, alt-pubs like The Brooklyn Rail, Pittsburgh CityPaper and San Diego CityBeat, blogs Swordfish, Punksburgh and Linoleum, and the Gannett magazine Jetty. He lives in Pittsburgh.