RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS: “I’m With You”

Posted on September 6, 2011

0


 

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS: I’m With You

 

The Red Hot Chili Peppers return with their tenth studio album,“I’m With You”. However,the notable absence of guitarist John Frusciante hinders any triumphant come-back.

John Klinghoffer tries to fills the void, and his restrained involvement often boasts interesting flourishes of technical ability, nonetheless, he is no Fruisciante.

That being said, RHCP’s first album in five years is still, at times, a funk-fuelled adrenaline rush with high points including “Happiness Loves Company”, the intense bass noodling of “Goodbye Hooray”, and the band’s emotionally-charged acoustic eulogy to an old friend: “Brendan’s Death Song”.

Rick Rubin returns to handle production duties but if there’s a problem with “I’m With You”, it’s that it feels like a tenth studio album. African influences and occasional female back-up vocals aside, what you’re hearing is nothing new, no matter how fantastic it might be to see them return. Overall this is an occasionally-rewarding attempt at recapturing old glories; fun, catchy but not essential by any means.

3.5 out of 5 *s

Advertisements