Label: EMI ? VEGASCD 4, Total Vegas Recordings ? VEGAS CD 4
Format: CD, Promo
Style: Pop Rock, Indie Rock
1 III Wishes 3:51
2 Josephine 3:11
3 Hypnotised 3:49
4 Can’t Get You Out Of My Mind 3:05
5 In Your Shoes 4:21
6 Swings And Roundabouts 3:25
7 Day After Day 3:35
8 Left To The Right 3:59
9 Cantankerous 4:15
10 Tequila 3:52
11 Vegas 3:56
12 Babyface 4:11
13 Spanner In The Works 4:15
14 When I Die 4:06
15 On A Mission 11:25
Mixed By John Cornfield
Producer Edwyn Collins (tracks: 2, 10, 11, 12), John Cornfield (tracks: 1, 6, 7), Pat Grogan (tracks: 3, 4, 5, 9, 14, 15), Utah Saints (tracks: 8, 13)
Promo Only in slimline jewel case.
Contains a bonus track after On A Mission.
Shaving Peaches was the follow-up to Terrorvisions 1996 album Regular Urban Survivors. It found Terrorvision heading in a more chart-oriented pop direction with co-production from Edwyn Collins. Here, the band push their sound further than before, veering away from metal towards a rock sound that uses actual electronic beats. Tracks such as “Day After Day” and “When I Die” retain the melancholy that featured on earlier albums, whilst the rest of the album follows the template of the positive and upbeat single, “Tequila”.
Until their third album, Regular Urban Survivors, Terrorvision were little more than a faceless metal band. That disc, however, worked as a loose concept album and featured some exceptional songwriting that earned them four big hits in the U.K. For the follow-up, the band hired four producers (including singer/songwriter Edwyn Collins) and wrote 15 of the best songs of their career to date. There is a definite pop leaning to Shaving Peaches that hardcore fans of the band may find disheartening, but the truth is that the band shines when they turn down the guitars a bit. Apparently the British music-buying public thought so as well — “Tequila” became the bands biggest U.K. hit single to date, peaking at number two. Apart from that anthemic single, however, there is much more to love here: the raucous twang of “Josephine,” the Gary Glitter-esque glam rock of “Can’t Get You Out of My Mind,” disco metal on “Left to the Right,” a hard-hitting synthesized rocker in “Babyface” and two tender ballads (“Day After Day” and “Vegas”). The only places that the album wears thin are on the more midtempo tracks, which are neither aggressive, tender nor particularly catchy. Luckily, theres more memorable material than filler on this disc, making it a very worthwhile purchase for Brit-pop fans.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Peach of an Album
I bought this album nearly two years ago now, but thought I’d write a review now that the next album is almost out. Shaving Peaches is every much as good an album as “How to make friends..” and “Regular Urban Survivors” and the song writing just gets better and better. Stand out tracks are “When I Die” and “Hypnotised” (Why wasn’t this released as a single???). Terrorvision have always been about fun rocking tunes and you will not be disappointed if you buy this album. I’ll be first in line for their next album “Good To Go”. 🙂
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply stunning,
Terrorvision seem to have truly returned to the musical heights at which they were. This album is excellent, it has all that you would expect from Terrorvision and a little bit more, from the boucniness of Hypnotised, to the rock of Tequila.
Comparing this to the previous albums it is slightly off track, they seem to have returned somewhat to a style of music lost to them 3 or 4 years ago, when they were at their best. I think this is a truly exceptional album, Is recommend it to anyone, and for one, I can’t wait for the new album.
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrorvisions Best Album,
First, if you’re new to Terrorvision, I’d describe their sound as a combination of Blurs Britishness and Ocean Colour Scenes soul, but much harder rock and distortion, nearly metal at times. Also, the songs are a lot more polished than those two bands. As I said, I reckon this is their best album (its close though), a higher percentage of the songs hit the target. Theres quite a range in sound here too, from the piano ballad ‘When I Die’ to spanner In The Works’ which is like Blurs Song2 only a lot better (or even Nirvanas Smells Like Teen Spirit) and yet more anthemic. So yeah, get this one first, then Regular Urban Survivors, then How To Make Friends and Influence People which aren’t far behind.