As bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers grow older, we don’t expect much from their later releases, right? Even giant bands like U2 have seen late in life releases met with criticism…and damn they gave theirs away for free! Whether it be the nostalgic sentiment in all of us that refuses to let go of the early work that made us fall in love or the fact that bands lose a step as time goes on, the majority of us can’t help, but worry every time this happens. When it comes to the Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ latest release, The Getaway, it is actually a little more complex and confusing.
More often than not, if you ask someone what their favorite Red Hot Chili Peppers album is, the response will be either Mother’s Milk or Californication. However, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have managed to do what many bands can’t and have actually released several popular albums since their origins in the 1980s. By The Way was popular in the early 2000s and I even personally enjoyed Stadium Arcadium when it was released in 2006. When the proud Californians released I’m With You in 2011 though, it was a different story.
The Getaway is much different though and it is a difficult album for me to wrap my head around. This time around Anthony Kiedis and the gang joined forces with Danger Mouse after 25+ years of working with Rick Rubin. Danger Mouse‘s influence is apparent almost immediately and in some ways that’s not a bad thing, but the true Red Hot Chili Peppers fan in me is screaming, “NO! NO! NOOOOO!”
I guess the best way to put it is that this reboot isn’t horrendous, in fact, some of the tracks are quite enjoyable. Although I feel like you can only really appreciate The Getaway if you aren’t as familiar with the aforementioned hits that made us fans in the first place. The sound just isn’t Red Hot Chili Peppers, besides Kiedis‘ unmistakable voice and, although the readiness to give something new a shot is appreciated, it still ends up hurting.
The Getaway is worth giving a listen, just so long as you prepare yourself for quite the departure. I will forever be a huge fan of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, but you can bet your money I will be one of “those fans” who is crossing my fingers they get the “new stuff” out of the way early when they go on tour.
The Getaway by Red Hot Chili Peppers is now available everywhere including iTunes.
Editor in Chief of Lemonade Magazine
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