The chili peppers do not disappoint with this long awaited new album.
With new guitarist Josh Klinghoffer there is a differing style to this album, not that you'd expect any different from a new RHCP album. Always unique and different in their own way.
The new album sees Flea take control with his legendary bass skills, as Josh provides a suttle, harmonic and awesome guitar style. Chad and Anthony bring the classic RHCP vibe.
Overall, this album provides classic RHCP style songs and brand new sounding material which is what you always look for in a new album.
Brilliant listen. Bargain.
As a long serving RHCP fan i was really looking forward to this album and could'nt wait to buy it.
However, i just can't warm to it, there is something missing. There is none of the powerful (go for it) songs on there, no attitude and no John Frusciante for sure.
I ask any chilli peppers fan to listen to the previous albums and compare this to them.
You will realise it does'nt touch em!
I feel i have been very generous giving this album 3 stars, probably because i am a fan....
I must admit I was not sure about the Red Hot Chilli Peppers would sound after John Frusciante leaving but the answer to my ears is great. It seems the others have raised their game with some great songs, mainly driven by Flea's intricate bass work and Chad's increasingly complex drumming. The new member Josh Klinghoffer plays in a similar style to Frusciante (he actually featured on his last solo album) but brings his own energy and creativity as well as providing backing vocals to Andrews vocals. This album gets better the more times I hear it with stand-out tracks Monarchy of Roses, Look Around, Goodbye Hooray and the heart felt Brendan's Death Song. More melodic than there earlier albums but still with a sense of fun a polished effort from a band growing up but not necessarily maturing!