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This review is from: Peeping Tom (Audio CD)
To my knowledge, Peeping Tom - Mike Patton's long-awaited pop project - has been five years in the works, so the question is, was it worth the wait? Answer: On the whole, yes. This album features at least 6 tracks of deliciously idiosynchratic 'hip-pop' from the former Faith No More frontman and his various partners-in-rhyme (notably, Dan The Automator, human beatbox maestro, Rahzel, and the mighty Massive Attack) which all feature Patton's distinctive vocals, and will appeal to fans of FNM more so than those of Mr Bungle and Fantomas. On the final song, 'We're Not Alone' - a re-mix of the Dub Trio track - we even get taste of the Patton of yore, as he lets loose those powerful vocal chords over a scintillating, rockin' tune.
And herein lies the album's main strength. Patton is at his best when he's singing - something he has seemed reluctant to do much of up until now. And yet, as is often the case with collaborative efforts, 'Peeping Tom' is a patchy affair, with the latter half of the record sounding somewhat half-baked. Nevertheless, and to his credit, Patton has always done things differently, and here he is offering an alternative take on a stale genre.