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  • Summary: The newest (and somewhat "pop"-oriented) project from Mike Patton (Faith No More, Fantomas) finds him teamed with an eclectic bunch, including Norah Jones, Massive Attack, Odd Nosdam, Amon Tobin and Kool Keith.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 22
  2. Negative: 3 out of 22
  1. Put 'Peeping Tom' on the stereo and it's as slickly dark and eminently devourable as Hip-Hop with R&B overtones can be, though whack it on the headphones and you're introduced to something infinitely superior.
  2. It's quite possibly Patton's most accessible album since his Faith No More days.
  3. 80
    While poppier and more accessible than his albums fronting Fantomas, it's worth the wait. [Jul 2006, p.104]
  4. Yields plenty of oddly seductive moments. [10 Aug 2006, p.99]
  5. It holds some charms, but Peeping Tom is overshadowed by Patton’s previous work.
  6. Once you get past the shock tactics, Peeping Tom is little more than a pile of dated Linkin Park-style sludge. [2 Jun 2006, p.83]
  7. A collection of infantile, forgettable stripper anthems and not even guest spots from Rahzel or Kid Koala can keep this shit from sounding like Linkin Park.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23
  1. IllmaticNaS
    Aug 17, 2006
    An awesome, experimental album. But then again, it's Mike Patton, so that's a given. And great guests, too. Kool Keith and Dan the Automator. Awesome. This who album completely blows away anything in rock, trip hop, or punk released lately. I mean, just listen to the reheated, rehashed bull that's been coming out lately. Mike is refreshing burst of originality, as usual. And screw Entertainment!! LINKIN PARK? Are you serious? Has that critic even heard a Linkin Park album? Mike Patton never has and never will sound like Linkin Park, and this album is no different. The fact that you would even compare the two artist is ridiculous and offensive. Linkin Park rehashes the same old nu-metal. Mike doesn't. Expand
  2. AlecS
    Jun 4, 2006
    Great, great stuff.
  3. FemierB
    Jul 28, 2006
    Class! I admit 1st listen was good but not great but gets better and better with every play. Album of the year for me. Patton is a genius and watched live at the Astoria just backed this all up. Nice work Mikey boy Expand
  4. LooseChange
    Jun 1, 2006
    Very good.
  5. jasel
    Jun 27, 2006
    Mike Patton blurs the line between genres while still managing to have that 'sound' that is instantly recognisable. This album is pretty damn good and I have the upmost respect for Mike regardless of my own personal likes/dislikes in terms of music. Bring it on. Expand
  6. ChrisFartboner
    Jun 6, 2006
    this album is w00tah
  7. JoshC
    Sep 16, 2007
    Few musicians since Frank Zappa have confused "performance" with "self-indulgence" quite like former Faith No More frontman Mike Patton. The noisy freakouts of Fantomas and Tomahawk are daring but all too often unbearably dissonant. The Beach-Boys-by-way-of-Black-Sabbath collage Mr. Bungle could be a delight, but was also a bit too goofy to be adored. As Patton's weirdo excursions are the very paradigm of "great in small doses," he works best as a collaborator adding growls and shrieks to tracks by Björk, Dan The Automator, Massive Attack, and others. So hopes for the highly collaborative Peeping Tom project are high: the guest spots are numerous and impressive (Amon Tobin! Kool Keith!), or at the very least, intriguing (Norah Jones!), and the record has been billed as Mike Patton's most accessible album since the days of Faith No More. Could this be Patton's Apostrophe or Cruising With Ruben And The Jets to make up for his years of Lumpy Gravy-esque weirdness? Nope. Instead, Patton's "pop" album is a collection of infantile, forgettable stripper anthems. After years of the vocal acrobatics of Fantomas, I wonder if Mike Patton remembers what rock singers are supposed to do exactly. Schizo opener "Five Seconds" shimmies like Ween imitating Prince before spazzing out into a slam-dance chorus counting the one, two, three, four, "five seconds to live." If only the listener were so lucky. "Five Seconds" is supposed to sound bad-ass, but it just sounds hokey Expand

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