RHCP worth the wait


It’s been a while since the Southern California based funk, punk, rock, hip hop blues, reggae band The Red Hot Chili Peppers have released an album. 2006 saw The Pepper release Stadium Arcadium, a blues album, a greatest hits album, and other various compilation albums. Finally 2011 saw the return of the Peppers with their latest release “I’m with you”. A departure from some of their older album, IWY still holds strong in their discography. RHCP always has two constants Anthony Kiedis delivers hair raising vocals and lyrics and Flea always smacks that bass like Flyod Mayweather beats down his opponents in the ring. Just as a disclaimer I am fan of the Peppers, and I normally do not listen to the same album over and over. Usually I listen to a cd for a day and put it away for awhile. With this album, much like when Jay-z and Kanye West dropped “Watch The Throne”, I played it for days on end and could not stop listening to it.

The big three still remain as the constants, the three being: Flea, Anthony Kiedis, and Chad Smith, who have been with the band since their inception. Josh Klinghoffer, who joined the band in 2009, serves as the lead guitarists for his first studio album with the band

The album is definitely a journey for listener, starting with the first song Monarchy of Roses which has Keldis singing with auto-tune for the verses and then without for the chorus. Followed by Factory of Faith which should be a familiar sound for RHCP fans. A hard line bass, fast pace singing and solid drumming. Then things slow down for the very soulful Brenda’s Death Song, but then towards the end of the track it quickly changes pace and goes from a somber procession to a release of joy and explosion. Ethopia shows that Flea is still a master on the bass. The most friendly song and featured on a host of ESPN shows is Happiness Loves Company. The song Dance Dance Dance closes up with a very U2 feel ,circa early 90’s. But I must repeat that album is far different from previous Chili Peppers Albums. While there are change up from blues to punk and everyone from of music that influences RHCP is there, but there was something missing from this album. It didn’t feel like a traditional album .

If i were to rate this album on a scale of 1 to 10, I would give it an 7.5. When I first noticed this album, I got strictly because it was the Peppers and secondly was because I had not heard anything about it. I wanted to see how it was with no influence and it was defiantly worth getting it. It was not what I expected at all, but I was not disappointed in the overall album. Being that this is their 10th studio album out of those 10 I would say it was #4, which is nothing to sneeze at because of the great material they have produced over the years.

Well that’s my thoughts on I’m with You, go out and get this album and support great musicians doing their craft. Until my next post take it easy

Dj Tre singing off

Be easy and one love

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