Fuzzy Wuzzy's Summary:
***** Highly recommended with warm fuzzies!
Three years, and one presidential election, after Peaches, aka Merrill Nisker, released her last Impeach My Bush, with its clever double entendre mixing body parts and political office, the queen of electroraunch is back for more creamy-tongue-in-cheek songs about sex, accompanied by buzzy fuzzbox sounds and her trademark in-your-face lyrics combined with kick-you-in-the-nuts percussion.
Compared to her previous albums, both the production and singing are becoming more polished and refined. The production on this album is shared by a host of electronic masters. This is not necessarily better or worse since I love the rawness of her previous releases like "Diddle My Skittle" on Teaches of Peaches (Bonus CD), and the simpler arrangements of songs like "Operate" on her "Fatherf-cker" album.
The "Talk To Me" song is my least favorite track. To my ears, it sounds too much like unpeachy mainstream pop. After "Talk To Me" comes the mushy sentimental "Lose You" sung with a soprano lilt. After having heard Peaches sing on the first track "Serpentine": "some call me trash, some call me nasty, call me crass, but you can't match me", it seems weird to hear her emotionally wounded voice singing "I don't want to lose you" two songs later. The title track, "I Feel Cream", has a 1980s Euro-disco feel to it, and every so often when I listen to this song, her vocals give me flashbacks to Donna Summer singing "I Feel Love". But in case you think Peaches is getting too soft now that she is 40, rest assured, Peaches returns back to her fine unrelenting form for the rest of the tracks.
But there is a definite fire and ice feel to this album compared to the flamethrower effect of her previous releases. Instead of her previous reliance on rapping, teasing, yelling, and cooing, there is actually singing of some songs now. Personally, I think that some of her singing makes a few songs too everyday mainstream, but I welcome the added variety. The jackhammers and barbed wire are now adorned with silk and satin.
Drums of Death, who helped with the production work, is currently on tour with Peaches. There is also a Drums of Death "Peaches Mixtape" 35-minute MP3 that you can listen to and download (see the 'Comment' section).