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J. Cole - Lost Ones

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Red Hot Chili Peppers - I'm With You

The New Music Tuesday variety hour now begins, and we showcase the Red Hot Chili Peppers latest works. Now, I won't claim to be the biggest RHCP fan - but their last record, 'Stadium Arcadium' really failed to meet any sort of expectations set forth by their previous records. And unlike my last review, the double album went on too long and made me want to stop listening to music forever. I'm giving away too much - I haven't reviewed that album yet. I literally have no expectations of this album - as I feel it could be just as subpar as the last one. They've gone through some changeover, and bassist Flea made the comment, "it’s just like a very … meaningful and rejuvenating rebirth for us." So maybe I'm wrong. Maybe this will be something new and outstanding. The album is supposed to touch a lot on life and death through the lyrical content. Not sure about you all - but I typically don't look the the Chili's for my spiritual music and thinker type sounds. I guess it's hard - because this album does have this upbeat sort of Ben Folds piano type feel to it. And I don't get it. I mean, I'm not saying bands shouldn't change their identity and find new musical niches over the years. In fact, I love when bands reinvent themselves to create great music. I do. But honestly - your name is the RED HOT Chili Peppers. Since when did you move to albums of zero heavy guitar work and all ballads? They should be the Mild Yellow Bell Peppers. Now don't get me wrong, some of these songs are kind of good - and I'd probably tolerate the album if it said "Train" on the front. But it doesn't. It says RHCP, and it should be at least some heavy rock or deep alternative rock stuff. But it's not. The album is almost exactly one hour of me getting increasingly annoyed that I can't tap my toes to one single track. And for that, I say no to you Chili's. Just stop.

1. Monarchy of Roses
2. Factory of Faith
3. Brendan's Death Song
4. Ethiopia
5. Annie Wants a Baby
6. Look Around
7. Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie, The
8. Did I Let You Know (This I Know)
9. Goodbye Hooray
10. Happiness Loves Company
11. Police Station
12. Even You Brutus?
13. Meet Me at the Corner
14. Dance, Dance, Dance

Listen To Samples

Top 3 Tracks:
1. I'm so annoyed I can't objectively put up a Top 3. Maybe some other day.

1.75 out of 5 stars


  1. haha mild yellow bell peppers. if i hadn't just sneezed, i might have lol'd. i have absolutely no interest in hearing anything from this album. the last time i saw them live, like 5 years ago, they didn't play hardly anything from their 90s catalog. i was so disappointed.

  2. They used to be a really solid band. I'm not really sure what happened. I didn't even mind 'Californication' or 'By The Way'.

    Since then, garbage.