Currently Listening To: Red Hot Chili Peppers – By The Way

Red Hot Chili Peppers – By The Way
Release Date: 9th July 2002 
Genre: Alternative Rock 
Warner Bros. 

Under The Bridge was such a hit Red Hot Chili Peppers made a whole album full of mellow songs. By the way, what happened to the funk? Growing old, they don’t want it anymore.

By The Way is a collection of music which lacks emotion and the sound of old. Each track is as plain as the last, with only ‘By The Way’, ‘Universally Speaking’, The Zephyr Song’ and ‘Can’t Stop’ containing any essence of feeling or stand out quality. The rest blends into a set of Mum friendly guitar riffs and soft singing, but the words just come out as a drawl, the energy is no longer here. The music isn’t bad, decent lyrics and sound, but where is the love?  I do like how ‘This Is The Place’ has a line about Wolverine. It throws me everytime by how weird it sounds to the rest of the song.

I’ve been standing in line waiting for the show to start, but I wish I hadn’t bothered really. At least their new album I’m With You has a decent blend of old and new. It happens with a lot of bands as they mature, maybe I’m still just a kid? At heart, we should all remain as kids! Californication was the Chilis transition into this new sound, and it isn’t a bad sound. It’s just missing a little something to really bring it alive. Needs more rap.

An album to listen to when you can’t be bothered and just want something safe.


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