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This review is from: The Teaches Of Peaches (Audio CD)
Having heard F**k the Pain Away on recent flick My Little Eye, I immediately sourced and bought this album. Fitting so perfectly into the scratchy, voyeuristic, home-made nature of the movie I was anticipating an album of beats, dark synth bass and dirty lyrics. And The Teaches of Peaches does fit those criteria. At least to a point.
On giving the album a proper spin I can see why the makers of My Little Eye chose it. Like the film it's a real piece of lo-fi. Not that that's a bad thing. Opener F**ck the Pain Away not only is recorded in home spun fashion but is draped in a tape noise effect which makes it sound even more raw and basic. As you progress you discover that the album basically consists of Peach's voice, sparse sequenced drums and synth, and some (very) crudely sampled and looped guitars, all performed and arranged by the lady herself.
Despite the obvious drawbacks of home-made production jobs and what basically amounts to a one woman band there are some gems on TTOP. The likes of AA XXX and Set it Off are irresistibly catchy and showcase Peaches talent for taking very simple sets of lyrics and weaving them into quite a compelling mantra. Although the sampling, programming and production are at best limited in scope it often works extremely well. Diddle My Skittle is a remarkably dark homage to the genitalia of the artist which contains some inspired use of sampled white noise. Lovely.
Overall the album works but there is no doubt that Peaches is at full throttle whispering dark rhymes into the mic over hip hop tinged beats as opposed to her would be punk stylings on Rock Show and Suck and Let Go. While the former is catchy and absorbing the latter is atonal and basically an affront to the dark art of guitar sampling. That aside there are a good half dozen excellent tunes adorning this album, and more than that I feel that we are just scratching the surface of Peaches abilities. I can't wait to hear what she'd be like with a better production.