Imagining itself as a mid-1980’s parody of glam-tainted cock rock, Peaches’ third (and Merill Nisker’s fourth) full length solo release, Impeach My Bush, does its best to push the boundaries of taste on occasion, but never quite makes it.
Indeed, where the Canadian electroclash sonic-machine produces some very well crafted noise, Impeach My Bush does – after a time – get quite annoying.
It’s not all bad though, for the album produced one of the highlights of 2006, “Boys Wanna Be Her”. The video featured Peaches and her band – the Herms – performing in brutally 80’s fashion, while beating themselves repeatedly. Bar the odd flicker of epileptic nausea, it’s all very well and good and stuff.
“Boys Wanna Be Her” does certainly kick some proverbial arse – I just that I can’t stand the rest of the album.
For an artist striving to be utterly different, especially with regards to gender forms and whatnot, Peaches sounds just a bit… samey. And that’s a great shame, especially considering the scope of artists she has worked with over the years.
In the time since, “Boys Wanna Be Her” has appeared a number of “the right shows” (Ugly Betty, The L Word, Dirt and the Drew Barrymore film Whip It), as XL Recordings fight their hardest to shape her to an acceptable demographic. Oh good-oh.
Just so you know, the album version of the song comes in at 3:55, while the radio version is two seconds longer – for some reason…
See that? Every boxed neatly and packaged sumptuously, regardless of the audience. Now, what’s next?