Red Hot Chili Peppers
Blood Sugar Sex Magik


5.0
classic

Review

by mvlamborghini USER (6 Reviews)
March 22nd, 2012 | 10 replies


Release Date: 1991 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This is an all time classic. Without a doubt one of the best albums of the 90's that will always stand the test of time.

Ever since the Red Hot Chili Peppers debuted in 1983, they became one of the most popular nightclub acts in America. Their first studio album, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, became one of the most sought out Funk records at the time, despite not reaching unimaginable heights of success. Two more albums followed until they were faced with a huge obstacle that was weighing them down: drugs.

Drugs became a huge part of life for all the Chili Peppers members, especially vocalist Anthony Kiedis and guitar player Hillel Slovak. The drugs in fact became such a huge part of their lives that it took the life of Slovak in 1988, which led to the recruitment of John Frusciante on guitar when he was only eighteen years old. Mother’s Milk, the band’s fourth album, was released in 1989, but after the recording, all members decided to quit their extreme drug habits in fear that they would begin to take toll on their bodies.

Blood Sugar Sex Magik, RHCP’s fifth and ground-breaking album, was recorded in 1991, when Kiedis, bass player Flea and drummer Chad Smith were all clean of drugs and hadn’t been more focused and more fresh in years. It took the band only two years from being a nightclub act in L.A. into an international sensation. Blood Sugar Sex Magik was one of the most successful records of the 1990’s.

Listening to the album, it’s quick to realize exactly why it was so successful. The music on BSSM was the best music RHCP recorded at the time, and still remains arguably the best they have ever recorded.

With four great studio albums already to their credit, the Red Hot Chili Peppers went into the studio to record Blood Sugar Sex Magik and said, “we’re going to kill this motherf***er.” The album reaches monumental heights of brilliance. Of, course, Funk music plays a colossal role in defining this classic. “Funky Monks”, one of the band’s most underrated songs, and the huge singles “Give It Away”, with Chad’s powerful drumming and “Suck My Kiss”, a song where Kiedis pleads for a sexual encounter, are all funk rock anthems. “Mellowship Slinky In B Major” could also be another song to define the funk rock genre with it’s incredible riff, and “Blood Sugar Sex Magik” contained perhaps Frusciante’s best guitar work on the album. There is not a single Funk song that is in any way terrible on this record.

Many of the album’s lyrical themes were based around what was frequently on Anthony’s mind. Of course, Sex, like most Chili Peppers albums, is a main theme. “Sir Psycho Sexy” is an unusual but hilarious song that goes for more than eight minutes, but something about it makes it one of their most unique songs, and even has Anthony pointing out there is “a devil in his dick and demons in his semen” as he forces a lady cop to suck his dick. He'd also been reminiscing about late Chili Peppers guitarist Hillel Slovak, composing “My Lovely Man” in his tribute. “The Power of Equality”, the album’s sensational opener, confronted topics concerning racism and prejudice. “I Could Have Lied” is the most heartfelt song on the record, about a relationship Kiedis had with Irish singer Sinéad O'Connor.

The singles released off BSSM were all great, along with some incredible music videos. “Give It Away”, the first single, featured the band in a black and white music video dancing in a deserted area, and “Suck My Kiss” featured clips from the Funky Monks DVD. “Breaking The Girl” was another great song that contained Chad’s best drum pattern on the album. “Under The Bridge”, of course, is a colossal song. No matter what you’re listening to, everyone has heard it. It has become one of the greatest songs of all time, one of the most learnt songs on guitar, and is a huge rock sing-along.

Reflecting back to 1991, Rock and Heavy Metal were producing many incredible albums that have all stood the test of time and made huge impacts on music. BSSM was actually released on the same day as Nirvana’s mega-platinum selling album Nevermind. Both albums are very different, but in my opinion, BSSM is in every way better than Nevermind, but let’s not deny that Nirvana made a great album, but I’m a Chili Pepper nut. I’ve been listening to their incredible music ever since I was six years old.

Blood Sugar Sex Magik remains my all-time favourite RHCP record, although Californication gave it a run for its money. Never has funk music made such an immense impact on the mainstream, and nor did it cause any negative reception or backlash. Blood Sugar Sex Magik was such an impressive and successful album, that Frusciante left the group in the middle of the tour to support it as he could not cope with the success.

Recommended Tracks

• Suck My Kiss
• I Could Have Lied
• Mellowship Slinky In B Major
• Blood Sugar Sex Magik
• Under The Bridge
• Sir Psycho Sexy



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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
March 22nd 2012


10382 Comments

Album Rating: 4.6 | Sound Off

"Their first studio album, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, became one of the most sought out Funk records at the time, despite not reaching unimaginable heights of success."

This is very contradictory.

"the Red Hot Chili Peppers went into the studio to record Blood Sugar Sex Magik and said, “we’re going to kill this motherf***er.”"

Err... Might want to revise this.

"“Mellowship Slinky In B Major” could also be another song to define the funk rock genre with it’s incredible riff"

o_O

"“Under The Bridge”, of course, is a colossal song. No matter what you’re listening to, everyone has heard it. It has become one of the greatest songs of all time, one of the most learnt songs on guitar, and is a huge rock sing-along."

Too much overexaggeration, cannot compute...

"“Breaking The Girl” was another great song that contained Chad’s best drum pattern on the album."

Drum pattern?

"Both albums are very different, but in my opinion, BSSM is in every way better than Nevermind"

Pineapples and death metal are very different, but in my opinion, pineapples are in every way better than death metal. See, it doesn't make too much sense does it?

I feel like I've accomplished enough here. You happened to catch me on one of my worst days, so I apologize in advance because I know when I read through this later I'll feel bad. :P

But you focus way, way too heavily on your undying adulation of the album when instead you should be talking specifically about what makes it tick. Honestly, the sixth paragraph is pretty well-written, and if your entire review was more like that and less littered with random irrelevant information, then you'd be a lot better off.



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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
March 22nd 2012


10382 Comments

Album Rating: 4.6 | Sound Off

And I held back, even, because this album is the tits

AsoTamaki
March 22nd 2012


2525 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Drum pattern?

The rhythmic pattern performed by Chad Smith on his drums.

But yeah, not a good review.

julien
March 22nd 2012


75 Comments


Pineapples and death metal are very different, but in my opinion, pineapples are in every way better than death metal. See, it doesn't make too much sense does it?

An apt analogy, sir, well done.

This is a good album, but I don't think the review really pulls across the elements of the release that make is so successful.


WashboardSuds
March 22nd 2012


5043 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I liked the singles but I have a hard time listening to the whole thing for some reason.

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ThroneOfAgony
March 22nd 2012


3485 Comments


Yeah, you might want to revise this review.........like a lot

iambandersnatch
March 22nd 2012


1495 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

album rules but didn't read

Palimpsest
March 22nd 2012


77 Comments


There were already eight 5/5 reviews for this. C'mon, dude. This was redundant, just like your Lulu review.

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
March 22nd 2012


10382 Comments

Album Rating: 4.6 | Sound Off

"The rhythmic pattern performed by Chad Smith on his drums."

Well, yeah, from a technical standpoint it IS a pattern, but what I was implying is that the word choice is very awkward

NothingForSomething
March 22nd 2012


186 Comments


The paragraph concerning their drug problems shouldn't be part of this. That info is irrelevant to the rest of the review.



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