I wholeheartedly disagree with the comment: "the Red Hot Chili Peppers have never exactly been predictable". They are one of the most predictable bands around in my opinion -- their sound is so identifiable I have never heard a track and been surprised to find out it was their work.
Since Californication RHCP really seem to be stuck in a creative limbo, happily cashing in on successful past tricks.
The review as a whole is well written, you offered your opinion and gave your reasons. I wish I could like this more, and am always willing to overlook the Chili Peppers' shortcomings (lyrical genius, Kiedis is not -- you misspelt his name btw) but am disappointed with this record.
Glad you enjoyed it though, keep up the good work!
Thanks for pointing out my typo. Just because they have a consistent sound, though, doesn't mean they are predictable.
Didn't Frusciante play on Californication? I'm pretty positive he did, I think what you meant was that this is the first album since One Hot Minute where they've played without him.
Oh man. I just re-read that sentence. It makes no sense the way it's worded, I need to re-write to clarify. I knew he was on that record - I was trying to say that he's been on every record since then.
i think you all got a different record than i did. this is the new rhcp right? because the cd i have made me laugh out loud because it was so fucking horrid. anthony keidis' lyrics are that of a two headed beast, one head is that of a drooling baby, while the other is a retired boxer. what im trying to say is the man clearly has no brain cells left.
klinghoffer brings absolutely nothing to the table either , just a downgraded Frusciante. he even does the falsetto backups, and thats just fuckin corny. to me, all this record is, is a second dose of proof that John Frusiante is the creative force behind this band.
also, what uncharted territory did they cover on this release? they added a keyboard to the mix? for a band this eclectic, i have trouble finding that to be a big deal. as for the tone, it has regurgitated Frusiante tricks all over it.
im sorry man, you're review is well written, and generally i think you're a smart agreeable dude, but i'm struggling to find a sentence i agree with. it was One Hot Minute that had Dave Navarro too, btw. The whole point of Californication was that Frusciante was back in the band again.
Despite everything you said, it's a good-sounding record. And see above, I realized that the sentence was not written clearly enough. Unchartered territory was meant to refer to them writing again without Frusciante.
i dont get why lyrics to a brand new song are in qoutes for this story on the new page
Every time we post staff reviews we post a quote to go along with the links. It's almost never a quote from the record we reviewed. You aren't that new here so I'm surprised you haven't caught on to that.
I'd be interested to hear what you disliked about Stadium Arcadium. I think it has some of their most imaginative writing ever, and it has some really amazing moments- the end of Wet Sand is just beastly, for example.
Lot of filler for me. Could probably be said about any double-disc release. I wish they had made three records, six months apart, like they had originally planned, instead of all at once.