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|9. Strip My Mind|
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|1. Desecration Smile|
|2. Tell Me Baby|
|3. Hard to Concentrate|
|4. 21st Century|
|5. She Looks To Me|
|8. Make You Feel Better|
|9. Animal Bar|
|10. So Much I|
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Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers calls the band's first new album in four years, Stadium Arcadi-um, the most-anticipated album of the spring, 'the best thing that we've ever done'. There's this weird kind of sublime, subliminal undercurrent that is suggestive, in a spirited way, of our earliest records. Exuding all the passion, energy and funked-up rock that have made the Red Hot Chili Peppers one of the most popular bands in history, the 2-CD Stadium Arcadium, simply put, will knock your socks off. Warner. 2006.
Four-year career hiatuses followed by sprawling double-albums could spell trouble for a band of the Chili Peppers' stature: consider they'd originally recorded enough for three discs. The restless, trouble-plagued outfit that helped break alternative rock into the mainstream with a potent fusion of punk 'n' funk in the '80s finds itself two decades on almost completely devoid of the former's energetic abandon, while the latter's effusive rhythms are considerably subdued over the course of this two-hour, 28-track collection. It's not so much that the Peppers have lost their muscular, often uber-macho edge as they have willfully tamed it in service of mature reinvention here. The mellower, often introspective, if no less potent pop ethos that characterized the crossover hit "Under the Bridge" blossoms fully here on tracks like disc one's "Snow," "Wet Sand," and the jazz-cool of "Hey."
The title track, "Desecration Smile," and "She Looks To Me" finds them venturing further into laid back pop ballad territory, while the tricky rhythms of "Dani California," "Charlie," and "So Much I" eventually kick into familiar top gear on the pop-savvy "Tell Me Baby" and hip-hop seasoned "Storm in a Teacup." It's not that there's a paucity of musical adventure here ("If" and "Animal Bar" finds them wafting into Floydish neo-psychedelia while "Make You Feel Better" seems to channel no less than Joe Jackson) but that it's delivered with a subtlety--and dare we say it?--tasteful musical restraint that's a stark contrast to the band's early, overly overt nature. There's perhaps too much mid-tempo simmering and reflection going on; like most double-albums it could be focused into a much more compelling single disc. But that seems largely beside the Peppers' hooks-over-histrionics point here: an unlikely record to kick back to, and one that both challenges assumptions and eases the band into middle age with an oft languorous, if undeniably savory groove. --Jerry McCulley
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Sure Anthony Kedis is not going to blow your mind lyrically, but his delivery has never been more convincing, funkier, or more creative. Everyone is on form: the drums are not in your face but they are varied and provide a compelling texture for the real magic; Flea is on form so it is magik, whether it is break you legs and fingers snapping funky 'Hump de Bump' and '21st Century' or melodic genius on 'Wet Sand' "Slow Cheetah" or "Especially in Michigan". And you can feel his energy, feel that he is loving playing with John Frusciante again, which brings me to the main point.
John Frusciante is nothing less that a guitar god. Forget noodling solos, forget Radiohead this is freaking Mozart. John has laid down multiple guitar melodies that soar and resonate building one theme and then subverting it with another and another and then the original comes screaming in on top. It is nothing less than jaw dropping mind numbing genius! Oh, and his back up vocals add a perfect grit to Anthony's smooth pop.
This album is that perfect hybrid, walking the razor's edge between edgy and Popy, compulsively listenable and deep. Real deep, it really gets better every spin around the cd player.
Sure at first it is hard to distinguish one song from the next, nothing stands out. But that is not because these are mediocre tracks but rather because so many of them are real gems demanding their own comprehension.
Trust me, if you like the Chili Peppers sound a few listens to this Cd will take you to a realm few Albums can attest to.Read more ›
Kiedis may not be the best song-writer or singer in the world, but he knows how to translate his words into the funkiest, catchiest melodies out there. Flea, is of course, one of the masters of the game and he complements Frusciante's lines so well. Chad can never go wrong. But John Frusciante... good Lord. He's always been one of my favourites, but he just outshines every other guitarist for miles in this album. I don't think even he realises just what realm of the universe he plays in. Versatility and originality... very, very hard to come by for a rock guitarist. Not only does he carry all the songs melodically, he follows a mind-bending solo with an even more mind-bending solo.
Cases in point:
*Dani California - can't get over the ending to that song. Great outro.
*She's Only 18 - someone here mentioned that this was Anthony Kiedis' favourtite John solo. I can't disagree. It's twisted, it's sexy, it's just all levels of awesome.
*Strip My Mind - you just have to hear this one to know what I'm talking about. Sublime lines.
*Readymade - "Clean it up, John!" ... and then, whoa! This one hits you in the face.
*Turn it Again - he throws this one in right at the end. And you've never heard anything like it. Two minutes of pure Frusciante magic. This solo has so many different layers of brilliance (literally - layers and layers of awesome guitar) that you can hear it again and again and still can't get enough of it.
Rock Album of the Decade in my opinion.
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It's the Red Hot Chili Peppers, fantastic album…you won't be disappointed.Published 27 days ago by CRamazon
One of the 2 ONLY cd albums I've come across that never allowed me to copy them over to my computer to put on my MP3 player.... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Owen Robicheau