Peaches - Impeach My Bush

2006-09-15 16:39
There’s so much phony sexuality in music these days, it’s almost gratifying to regard Peaches and crew’s obvious over-posing (in hotpants, bikinis, and all manner of clichéd girl-chic) as the stiff middle-finger to girl-pop as a whole. Who needs airbrushed, perfect-skinned, expensively coutured, plastic sex icons? In a twisted way, pretending to aspire to those things is what makes Peaches real – more real than most people are prepared to handle.

Of course, it could all be a sham. It could be the “work” of the century –pretending to be something in contrast to something else, for the sake of creating another hype. We may never know…

Still, it remains interesting to see how many albums she can fill with not-so-subtle sexual innuendos, references and critiques. Even the obvious political statement made with the title track (“I’d rather f*ck who I want than kill who I am told to”) is handled in a way that would make most marms blush, though navy boys on shore leave in Bangkok will understand the sentiment. If you imagined music as a million-strong march, Peaches would be a leader on the radical frontline, and any of her albums would have potential to start a riot. Rightly so. Equal opportunity seldom gets anyone's rocks off in the sexuality arena, and Peaches is probably the best example of militant, middle-class sexuality gone bad… in a good way.

Whether its declaring the virtues of “Two Guys for Every Girl” – meaning, of course, that guys need to get with each other for the benefit of lucky girls – or wanting to take you “Downtown”, or solving the housing crisis with the “Tent in Your Pants”, Peaches’ riotous and often hilarious crassness delivers endless listenability.

Impeach My Bush is loaded with more attitude than virtuosity, and at its core is a simple production approach. Musically, it’s not exactly comparable to Rachmaninov, either. But that’s the point. Peaches has never attempted to reinvent the wheel, only to point out that the wheel can be used in so many simple, yet different and exciting ways when you apply some lubrication and a creative spirit.

- Anton Marshall
Canadian ex-teacher Peaches’ third album pushes her into potential icon territory. She’s never been shy of censors, and she’s always packed serious punch with her wit and hyper-stylised, if somewhat sardonic delivery.

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