This album is my all-time favourite. it's funky style makes it considered widely as the chili's best album and puts in the list of the greatest rock albums ever. the chemistry between guitarist, John Frusciante and Bass player, Flea (some consider the best bass player in the world) make for some funky, and also melodic tunes which are backed up by a solid drum beat from drummer Chad Smith and completed by the rap-poetry of Anthony Kiedis, an art he no longer uses in their music. the album' theme of sexual energy is really pulled off and isn't a complete wank like most bands these days.
1: Power of Equality
this opening track is lead by the powerful vocals and is about equal rights for all humans. Flea's slappin' bass really helps the song along to complete a catchy chorus that will stay with you long after the song has ended.
2: If You Have To Ask
one of the best simple repetitive and catchy guitar riffs you'll ever here. the chorus which is sung really high pitched by John Frusciante adds a certain flare to a extremely funky and bouncy song.
3: Breaking the Girl
played on a 12 string, this song is very melodic and feel-good. Kiedis does a good job in this song with his loud, but not overwhelming, singing. the song reaches its peak at the end with a huge percussion interlude which was played on car parts and industrial drums...a classic to say the least.
4: Funky Monks
Frusciante returns to fever pitch in this song by providing a really funky guitar intro and by singing the chorus in that unmistakable voice of his. This is the song that gave them their nick name the funky monks.... what else can i say.
5: Suck My Kiss
never fails to get the crowd started when played live. it's just a really rockin' song which forces you to move. it implores raw sexual energy and is always a crowd pleaser... an absolute classic.
6: I Could've Lied
after the explosive energy of Suck My Kiss, this song provides a well executed breakdown of the album. this song never fails to impress me. it's slow melody on the acoustic is mixed well with melodic vocals which sing of a man's trouble with his wife. the only problem is the swearing which breaks the intensely easy listening mood. it's one of those songs that the crowd always pulls out a lighter and sways to.
7: Mellowship Slinky in B Major
This is the bass that flea is really famous for. it's quick funky and also melodic where needed. not much too say about this song... it's just really good to listen to coz it's a really good song.
8: Righteous and the Wicked
flea really strikes out again in this song on the 5-string by playing a moderately paced catchy riff. the chorus is effective coz it is sung in a round and is about world leaders and their war mongering. capped off by an electrifying solo... well worth a listen, especially for the breakdowns.
9: Give It Away
Another of those classic rock songs which you just can't help but move to. the song mainly belongs to kiedis with his sexually explosive rap. the 2 initial guitar solos are recorded and played in reverse which adds a really cool effect to the song and in the end is completed by a solo which closely resembles the intro for Black Sabbath's "sweet leaf".
the title song,which is probably the heaviest on the album. there is good chemistry between guitar and bass and very dark low vocals during the verse which explodes into magnetic chorus energy. This is smith's moment to shine by supplying the solid, catchy drum beat.
11: Under the Bridge
the motherload! my opinion the best rock song ever! starts off with an unmistakable guitar intro which is followed by melodic vocals. the chorus which is well known by most people is very deep and meaningful. it's about heroine addictions and is closely linked with the death by overdose of original guitarist, Hillel Slovak. The end of the sung is some of the most powerful singing heard by this singer and is baked up by operatic harmony vocals lead by Frusciantai's mother, Gail. the breakdown at the end is one to listen out for. it always gives me goosebumps.... the all time best....have a listen
12: Naked in the Rain
A catchy song dominated by the incredible slap and pop bass line of flea. it's capped off by a fantastic bass solo and the whole song is just downright funky. it's about animals and doctor dolittles amazing gift.
13: Apache Rose Peacock
a very jazzy song which lacks to keep my attention, but is worth hanging around for the guitar solo at the end. have a listen none the less.it's certainly not a bad song
14: Greeting Song
deadset awesome. really loud and fast and good to move to. it's just an all round good song... enjoy it.
15: My Lovely Man
a really nice tribute to the afforementioned Hillel Slovak. itnot too fast and is easy to listen to without being a completely slow song. it's breakdown is great and well worth a listen
16: Sir Psycho Sexy
8 minutes of explicit musical porn, it shows the chili's more humorous side. it uses a funky bassline and plenty of wah guitar to back up the humourous tale of a sex hero as told by kiedis you'll love it, but m,ake sure you listen to the lyrics
17: They're Red Hot
a sped up version of a timeless jazz classic. played almost impossibly fast it's a fun way to finish off a fantastic album.
That's it, sorry if i wanked on too much... but it really is a fantastic album, what are your thoughts