Review Summary: The Peppers create a record for the times
I have to admit that I have a Chili Pepper addiction. Starting in 2007, the day after I saw "Monty Python and the Holy Grail", my friend and I sat at the computer and watched "Dani California". I was exposed to them at the ripe age of ten and that was the start of a wonderful experience with the band. That is until I started listening to the earlier eighties material. I wasn't used to this rap-metal hybrid that had Anthony singing dirty things to me in my headphones. So of course I had to tie myself to a chair and try not skip any track when I first listened to their 1991 opus "Blood Sugar Sex Magik".
For those who had began their Chili Pepper initiation with this album, opener "The Power of Equality" is an odd song among their catalog. Instead of singing about doing your mom, Anthony instead raps about racial tensions and prejudices among California. Although not a bad song per se, it seems kind of forced and unnatural, and at times Anthony seems to be making fun of himself. The follow up, "If You Have to Ask", is a more typical Chili Pepper song. This features very funky bass and drums along with simple two-note guitar. Anthony raps slowly with his natural voice and the song is surprisingly calm. Then comes the guitar solo, which shows the heroics John would later perform on the instrument. Fittingly, the track ends with an applause from the studio. After this comes "Breaking The Girl", which is one of the bands most overtly melodic songs. This track shows the bands psychedelic underpinning, especially during the percussive breakdown. Then comes the dynamic duo of "Funky Monks" and "Suck My Kiss", the former features double track vocals and the latter is one of their heavier songs. We get another ballad in the form of "I Could Have Lied", which shows the slower nature the band would take during "By the Way". It also features a couple great solos courtesy of John. This is immediately followed the incredibly funky "Mellowship Slinky in B Major" and "The Righteous and the Wicked". The latter again speaks of prejudice, but works towards the band better then the album opener. It also features a great chorus sung by John. The title track isn't really that notable, except it gives Chad a good drum part and the wah-wah guitar works well to the songs advantage. It also sounds like a porno soundtrack. The most well known song "Under the Bridge" has been talked to death, so I'll just say its a good song and leave it at that.
The LP should have ended after "Under the Bridge", but taking that we are dealing with the Chilis in album form we still have like twenty minutes to fill. "Naked in the Rain", "Apache Peacock" and "The Greeting Song" are all filler, with Anthony reportedly hating every word of the latter track and it shows. Then we get the Hillel Slovak tribute "My Lovely Man", which is fittingly one of the heavier songs on the record. After this we get the epic length, incredibly funky "Sir Psycho Sexy" which I can never seem to finish because it gets annoying after the first four minutes. Closer "They're Red Hot" is a quick little punk jam that closes the album on a happy note.
All in all the album is good, though it features the typical problems that comes with the Chili Pepper album. Namely, the abundance of filler tracks, though you should give the band credit for having the self control of only having three such tracks. For people who are just getting into the band, I recommend "Californication"but only because it is more melodic then this. Still check it out.
I'm not really a fan of this review... I'm sorry, but your writing style seems kinda forced and awkward. Your rating seems like it should be much lower (perhaps, like, a 3), you go into a track-by-track segment which only tells me specific things about the album that I can hear for myself, and it all seems a little futile.
You have some parts that are pretty good, like
""Breaking The Girl", which is one of the bands most overtly melodic songs. This track shows the bands psychedelic underpinning, especially during the percussive breakdown."
and I wish the whole review was written like that. What would make your review stronger is looking at the big picture for the album, what makes it such a success, or what specifically held them back. I get that there's filler, but what about it makes it filler? When are RHCP at their best here?
Just trying to help, because you have potential as a writer :]
Thanks OmahaStylee94, I kinda wrote this review in a rush because its been like two weeks since I wrote my last review and the track-by-track thing worked in the past. I put your advice into work when I write my next review. Also the "potential as a writer" thing kinda boosted my ego so thank you
"Thanks OmahaStylee94, I kinda wrote this review in a rush because its been like two weeks since I wrote my last review and the track-by-track thing worked in the past. I put your advice into work when I write my next review. Also the "potential as a writer" thing kinda boosted my ego so thank you"
No problem ma. Wait until you feel like you're definitely in the mood to write a review - a lot of times I'm just incapable of writing anything that doesn't read awkward as all hell. :] but when you get in the mood, you just have to fly with it.