Some short reviews and snippets

"Audiopeach" Mute

Producer Pascal Gabriel has something of a reputation as a professor of pop. He has worked with the likes of Claudia Brucken and Billy Mackenzie - whose backing vocals appear on a couple of tracks here - treating the studio as a laboratory to synthesise four-minute shots of perfection. Now, with vocalist Lisa Lamb and Paul Statham, he has created a delicious confection which, in the Euro-bureaucracy of tomorrow, should be used as the benchmark of pop currency (and no opt-out).

Last year's two singles, "On My Own" and "From This Moment On" set out the manifesto for brassy, clever tunes.

But it is with "Sorrow Town" that things really hit their stride, rising through the Euro-pop of "Give Me Tomorrow" - a lover's plea for a second chance - to the disco-beat peak of "Higher Ground". Oddly, such is the insouciant precision of these sophisticated moments, that Peach present the same problem as the noisier but equally crafty Curve; once you've painted yourself into this corner, where do you go from there? At the very least, though, they should be given more rope to solve that knotty problem even if it's to concoct more of the same. Pristinely polished with a sweet bite, a taste of Peach undoubtedly brightens these grey days of summer.


If Erasure were fronted by a female, they'd be Peach.

Because Peach - Pascal Gabriel, Paul Statham, and the lovely Lisa Lamb - have the pop sensibilities of the electro-pop duo. But they're fronted by a woman.

The new single, On My Own, is a big, bold and brassy. And it makes you want to throw your hands in the air.


Star Rating ****

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser, August 16, 1996

Picture and caption on left also from Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser, August 23, 1996.

Peach: On My Own

Great tunes, great hooks, great new signings to Mute. Instant pop thrills in the vein of Electronic or St. Etienne. peach are a juicy three piece. Well worth a listen.

Bridlington Gazette & Herald.