Red Hot Chili Peppers
Warner Bros. Records
Absolutely! Granted, the Chili Peppers aren't as "rock out with your cock out" as they were in their heyday, but that's okay. This album arose from the ashes of the rather disliked I'm With You which was back in 2011, so they had about five years to recuperate. The result is a few slamming tracks guaranteed to bring you back to the past, but mostly laid-back lounge funk songs. One thing I must mention is the greater and well-deserved spotlight on the keyboards played by the master himself, Flea. It's most prominent on 'Dark Necessities' and 'Dreams of a Samurai', but for the rest of the songs it creates a lovely background decoration for those of them that are more atmospheric in nature.
The playing is of course wonderful, with the over-the-top slap bass of Flea, the master-drummer Ferrell- err, I mean Smith wields his set as good as ever, and the much more out-there guitar playing of Klinghoffer is something a bit different from prior albums, but still welcomed. There is also of course Kiedis, who sounds practically the same as if it were '99 again.
The Getaway may not be a super-powered swagger-fest as some people may have hoped for, but the album's catchy nature and infinite replayability is sure to impress even the most grouchy of Grinches.
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Originally written for Metal Music Archives on 6/29/2016.
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