Red Hot Chili Peppers
Blood Sugar Sex Magik


4.0
excellent

Review

by slapmaster USER (1 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 92 replies | 9,481 views


Release Date: 1991 | Tracklist


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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".
10: BloodSugarSexMagik
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


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Nackavich
March 5th 2004



2 Comments


i comepletly agree about evrything there, but there is more to Blood Sugar Sex Magic. The solos and especially the bridges are magnificant and really easy to play too. There is somethin i wanna add to Sir Psycho Sexy. At the end of the song is a portion of wot RHCP can come up with that is emotional, happy and sad at the same time and that can bring shivers to ur spine. A beautiful melodic chord progression that completes the CD, or apart from They're Red Hot. U have to listen to it. :thumb:

slapmaster
March 6th 2004



11 Comments


I agree that the albums which came before BSSM were much funkier, but you have to agree that there are still elements of first class funk on the album. like flea's bass line for mellowship slinky. I did tend to ignore their fantatsit bridges and the emotional quality of the instruments but forgive me, i was dead tired when i wrote it...

jamh2000
March 7th 2004



1 Comments


I think bloodsugar is an amazing masterpiece that will always be challenging, timeless and magical.
I do think though that sir psycho sexy is more than just a joke, the ideas in the music are just increddible- the bridge and that outro- beautiful.

slapmaster
March 9th 2004



11 Comments


i didn't mean it was a joke. i was just saying it was a prime example of the chili's humorous and sexual power. the bass is a joy to play and the guitar (especially the bridge) just blows my mind. it's a stroke of genius... i love it.

nyzfreakx01
March 15th 2004



5 Comments


i loved this cd.

sr800bkAGAIN!
March 20th 2004



54 Comments


i have to disagree about the flea comment in the beginning. most of the people who think he is the best bassist, usually dont play bass, or have only played for a month. and also Power Of Equality is not slapped.

but flea is my favorite bassist. my favorite RHCP album would have to be "Uplift Mofo Party Plan". its the most "rock"-ish (not heavy rock, the heaviest would be OHM, but the most good ol' fashioned upbeat rock) with some of fleas best work. it's also the first album to contain the original line-up (hillel didnt record on the first CD)

slapmaster
March 27th 2004



11 Comments


Actually Freaky Styley was the first album to have the original line up, and power of equality IS slapped. Not only can you tell this by listening to the song but the official sheet music says it is.

The NPC
March 27th 2004



101 Comments


[QUOTE=slapmaster]Actually Freaky Styley was the first album to have the original line up, and power of equality IS slapped. Not only can you tell this by listening to the song but the official sheet music says it is.[/QUOTE]

No, Cliff Martinez was the drummer for Freaky Styley--not Jack Irons.

sr800bkAGAIN!
March 27th 2004



54 Comments


[QUOTE=slapmaster]Actually Freaky Styley was the first album to have the original line up, and power of equality IS slapped. Not only can you tell this by listening to the song but the official sheet music says it is.[/QUOTE]
just the chorus. the verse and main riff simply get that sound from flea's extra-trebley, midrange-filled tone that you hear throughout the whole CD (like on "Suck My Kiss", you always hear people saying, "its slapped!" but it is not at all).

BludgeonySteve
March 27th 2004



558 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is by far the best of their cds. I was thinking of doing this review but then i'm like "17 songs?" now way. And so I didn't. I listened to this cd yesterday.

moderaterock222
March 27th 2004



121 Comments


Its a decent record and a decent review, Good job

RushHourSoul
March 27th 2004



26 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

[QUOTE=sr800bkAGAIN!]just the chorus. the verse and main riff simply get that sound from flea's extra-trebley, midrange-filled tone that you hear throughout the whole CD (like on "Suck My Kiss", you always hear people saying, "its slapped!" but it is not at all).[/QUOTE]

Thats true, if u have seen Slane Caste then Power of Equality is not slapped apart the chorus and interludes. And i have the funky monks DVD and he dusnt slap on suck my kiss either, at all.

RushHourSoul
March 27th 2004



26 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

oh and great album. every song is great, amazing even. this is probably in my opinion their best album, just musically amazing, beautifully written and played well. good review too

slapmaster
March 31st 2004



11 Comments


[QUOTE=sr800bkAGAIN!]just the chorus. the verse and main riff simply get that sound from flea's extra-trebley, midrange-filled tone that you hear throughout the whole CD (like on "Suck My Kiss", you always hear people saying, "its slapped!" but it is not at all).[/QUOTE]
so what it really comes down to is... i was right when i said that power of equality had slap!

tommyd_rhcp
April 6th 2004



5 Comments


I am a huge huge chilis fan. This is my favourite album, just ahead of mothers milk and uplift mofo party plan.

To me this shows the best of post-Slovak Chili Peppers. Frusciante on top form, probably using a more simplistic view than mothers milk. This album is the greatest

superpeer
April 6th 2004



257 Comments


I'm thinking about getting this album, when it gets cheaper.

Bluesman
April 7th 2004



10 Comments


Yeah I wore my CD out already.

ZEROthirtythree
April 7th 2004



234 Comments


[QUOTE=moderaterock222]Its a decent record and a decent review, Good job[/QUOTE]

:eek: decent? what are you on?

I love this cd. "I could have lied" is my favorite track.

posman
April 8th 2004



2 Comments


[FONT=Georgia]Blood Sugar Sex Magik is my favorite Chili Peppers CD. Any/Every Chili peppers fan should own this CD. The lyrics are awesome, the vocals are deep, and Frusciante's guitar is awesome. Oh yeah, and Flea rules. This CD is a lot different from their current stuff (a.k.a. By the Way) cause its a lot more hard rock. If you like this, check out "The Uplift Mofo Party Plan". It has some of the same style featured in BSSM and is in my opinion, the 4th best Chili Pepper CD.[/FONT]

Knoxvillelives
June 29th 2004



342 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is without a doubt the Chilis best album, lyrically, musically and production wise. I just prefer One Hot Minute, dunno why. This album has some classic songs on it. This is probably gonna be a historic album, like Dark Side Of The Moon, maybe?
PS. Uplift Mofo is sssooooooo different to this album. Isn't it? I have both and think that they are really different, depsite the fact John based his guittar playing on Hillel (you can tell, check out I Like Dirt and then Funky Crime, that classic 7,7,7 on the top three strings riff, like in Mellowship)
PPSS. What does Mellowship mean? What the juice is a Mellowship Slinky?



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