Peeping Tom
Peeping Tom


4.0
excellent

Review

by antihippy USER (6 Reviews)
April 21st, 2007 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Another release by the prolific Mike Patton, and this time it's his take on radio music. Considering his many experimental projects, would this have a happy ending? Read on to find out.

"And i know that arseholes grow on trees
but i'm here to trim the leaves.
and i'm afraid
daddy you're still my friend
and you're just a piece of ***
but i can over-look it today
'cause you're still my friend."


'Don't even trip'


I've gotta admit, I'm a Mike Patton fanboy. Has been one ever since I reallised just how brilliant Mr. Bungle is. Every project he has done has, to varying degrees, won over my heart. So what is it about him and his music that attracts me so much? Maybe it's his freakish yet beautiful voice, maybe it's his love of creating daring and experimental music (Fantomas, Mr. Bungle), or maybe it's the fact that he's just a little crazy in the head. Either way, he definitely holds a special place in my heart.

Peeping Tom is one of the many projects that Mike Patton is involved in. While all his other projects have little or none radio appeal (except for Faith no More and, at a stretch, Lovage), this one is created to do just that. Mike Patton's take on radio (pop) music is about as catchy as the man gets. Filled with hooks and also having a decidedly hip-hop flavor, it nevertheless still has the Mike Patton flavour to it. In fact, it wouldn't be that far off to call it the hip-hop version of Faith no More. The album packaging also has a rather neat pull-slide feature, where when you pull panel on one side, another panel with the CD slides out from the other side.

Every song has a hip-hop/trip-hop feel to it, with burst of hard rock here there. Mike Patton favours using his Faith no More era singing and rapping (not the nasally one on The Real Thing, the Angel Dust and beyond one) instead of his trademark scat vocals of the Fantomas. Either way, he pulls it off remarkably, showing us again why he is widely considered as the Master Vocalist. While the music is in a standard pop format, Mike Patton manages to spice it up, as examplified with Five Seconds, where the trip-hop is contrasted nicely with the hard-rocking chorus. Also, the cast of guest musician, from Dan the Automator, Kid Koala, Kool Keith and Norah Jones, helps give each track an individual flavour.

Another strength of Mike Patton is also his lyrical skills. It could go from whimsical (Faith no More), to bordering insanity (Fantomas). Either way, he know's how to have fun with his lyrics. The lyrical subjects on this album could go from the stereotypical subject of drug abuse (Mojo), sticking by your friends even though they mess up (Don't even trip), to god-knows-what (Celebrity death match, Your neighborhood spaceman). He could confound you and humor you at the same time too, and you'll find yourself giggling at the lyrics while wondering what some of them mean.

So, what's the end product of it all? The album succeeds in it's purpose, creating catchy and fun songs, with nearly every song single-worthy. It also manages to be able to catch the interest of the listeners with various subtle elements, each of them well-placed and appropriate. Still, it suffers, like every pop album, for the fact that it's a little stale, with some of the soul being sold for the hooks and catchiness. But that's the only blemish, and the in the end it's still another strong release by the very prolific Mike Patton.

Besides, who wouldn't giggle when Norah Jones says "mother***er"?

Recommended tracks:

Five seconds
How U feelin?
Getaway
Don't even trip
Mojo



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Comments:Add a Comment 
antihippy
April 21st 2007


696 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

alright, i'll admit that i have never heard of norah jones before. :p

spoon_of_grimbo
April 21st 2007


2241 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great album, although i gotta be in the right before i can listen to it. good review, i'll pos it.

btw, i lol'd at "rug abuse" i just had an image of patton screaming at a piece of carpet and beating it with a stick!

antihippy
April 21st 2007


696 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

errr....... yes........

*quickly edits it before anyone else notices*

antihippy
April 21st 2007


696 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

by the way, this is my first attempt at a non track by track so please don't be to harsh.

Abaddon2005
April 21st 2007


684 Comments


Has been one ever since I reallised

typo :p. Other than that, nice review, though I don't particulary like this.This Message Edited On 04.21.07

Meatplow
April 21st 2007


5524 Comments


i really should check this out, i stopped being a Mike Patton fanboy for no particular reason

antihippy
April 22nd 2007


696 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wow, 2 votes. i have officially broke my personal record.

and they're all positive too!

Stalusk
April 22nd 2007


90 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really good album, plenty of musical variety and vocal diversity. "Caipirinha" is a great little track. "We're Not Alone" is the closest thing you'll ever hear to a FNM reunion.

antihippy
April 22nd 2007


696 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the whole album basically sounds like the trip hop/hip hop version of faith no more.

cometuesday
May 21st 2007


959 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It works.

ValiumMan
May 21st 2007


493 Comments


If you come to think of it, making "normal" music is often the biggest experiment for an "experimental" artist.
Mojo is awesome.

Doppelganger
May 4th 2008


3124 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Your Neighborhood Spaceman owns so fucking hard

followtheblind
July 1st 2008


6 Comments


some songs are so awesome, yet songs like celebrity death match are the ultimate shitness. Gotta love Getaway though, that song is just so gangsta.

moltenlava
July 1st 2008


312 Comments


Yeah, this one was a surprise. But, I'm not really sure why. Because I already knew that the guy was hugely talented and had a wide spectrum of musical tastes. I guess I just didn't ever envision an entire disc of hip-hop-inspired material coming out of him. But, it certainly works. And, about four tracks on the album are really classic sounding stuff. But, Tomahawk's 'Mit Gas' is the album of his that I'm really ga-ga over at present. That thing gets a huge degree of replay on my side.


Merkaba33
July 1st 2008


702 Comments


Man I gotta check out Tomahawk. I met this guy and he's the nephew of Mike Patton. He said he gets some of his lyrics from fortune cookies...or used to.

moltenlava
July 1st 2008


312 Comments


LOL. Fortune cookies, huh? I can picture that. He's the poster-boy of Avant Garde non-conformism. But, yeah, that 'Mit Gas' album is as a good as anything from Bungle or FNM.


This Message Edited On 07.01.08

badtaste
November 2nd 2008


824 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Meh album. Doesn't hook me in at all.

followtheblind
November 24th 2008


6 Comments


listen to mojo again, and then come back here.



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