Red Hot Chili Peppers
Stadium Arcadium


4.0
excellent

Review

by mtgmusic8 USER (1 Reviews)
April 17th, 2013 | 36 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Can there really be too much of a good thing!?

Admittedly, I am most likely significantly biased in favour of any album by the Chili Peppers; I grew up listening to them and for that reason have a nostalgic affection for them. However, despite acknowledging my own vested interest, I still find it almost impossible to comprehend why this album has been on the receiving end of so much critique.

It seems to me that the majority of the criticism towards this album was for the album length (it's a double album, clocking in at over two hours) and the amount of "filler" songs. I can completely understand and appreciate that to review an album, it's important to view it as a whole expression and not just as a group of individual songs but what I cannot grasp, is which songs on "Stadium Arcadium" are on it purely to fluff out the content and fill up the disc space.

While I wouldn't rate this album as their best, it's a substantial amount better than it's given credit for. The ninth studio album released by the funky monks has more than its fair share of typically funky hits; Dani California, Tell Me Baby, Charlie, Hump De Bump, Torture Me and Storm In a Teacup to name but a few. However, I couldn't just list 'Snow (Hey Oh)' as a "typically funky hit" from the album: Snow is the 'Cornerstone' of Arctic Monkeys' 'Humbug'(another horrendously underrated album).

Much Like Cornerstone, 'Snow' is the tastiest grape of a particularly sumptuous bunch. The intro is a handpicked riff deliciously fed to the listener by Frusciante and complimented by the creamy cheeseboard that is an unusually simplistic bass line by Flea. My poor attempt at a metaphor aside, Snow is a delightful blend of all the band members participating to the best of their abilities. Its isn't just the foursome simply contributing their most intricate skills but a result of an unbelievable amount of chemistry (which is bound to be in place after all they've been through!). The song is less brutal and in your face than other typical RHCP classics but the beautiful interplay between band members and the notional guitar riff makes it one of the best ever by the Chili Peppers.

One of the biggest evolutions from their previous release, is the adaptation of Anthony Kiedis' vocals. In "By The Way" the words are tunefully delivered deep from the voicebox but here the lyrics are almost whispered and suit the relaxing tone of songs such as "Wet Sand" and "Slow Cheetah" to really caress the ear drum.

In my humble opinion, on the contrary to popular belief, Stadium Arcadium is not at all full of watery songs that plump up the chicken. It's maturely compiled with groovy bass lines, exquisite guitar, alluring vocals and meticulous drumbeats. Stadium Arcadium is inconceivably unappreciated and undervalued and I can't help thinking that if 'Jupiter' and 'Mars' had been released as single albums, they'd be widely recognised as classics and remembered for generations to come.


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mtgmusic8
April 17th 2013


5 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

New to this, will appreciate any thoughts on the album or how you feel the review was written. It's probably not the best, I just thought I'd give it a go as I enjoy reading reviews a lot!

greencorn5
April 17th 2013


217 Comments


OK review, some grammar and editing issues but it still reads pretty well. Anyways, I totally agree about Humbug, it's way underrated. Also, I think your probably right about if the 2 were released separately.

Pestiferous
April 17th 2013


1343 Comments


oi

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
April 17th 2013


10382 Comments

Album Rating: 4.3

Good review for a first, man! Nice job.

The best parts of this review are when you talk about the album's sound as a whole. Keep that in mind for your next review, and you'll be set. =]

Digging: Thou - Heathen

Adabelle
April 17th 2013


4260 Comments


Good first review dude, I like your grape analogy but I don't think I've listened to this. I'd advise avoiding the word brutal though haha, it never ends well..

mtgmusic8
April 17th 2013


5 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for all the comments guys! Omaha, I agree with you actually, thanks for the advice! Greencorn5, thanks for the comment, would you mind helping me to correct the errors?

truekebabpower
April 17th 2013


639 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

agree completely on the summary and good review, but it think that mention of Arctic Monkeys is a bit random especially for a relatively short review

ViperAces
April 17th 2013


12504 Comments


snow is pretty good. will never have the power to listen to this completley

pissbore
April 17th 2013


9934 Comments


dude listen to freaky styley already why are you waiting

mtgmusic8
April 17th 2013


5 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

truekebabpower, haha you're probably right, I was just trying to say that it was the standout track for me but my music knowledge is limited as most of the music i listen to was made before i was born!... And pissbore, I have done so, got it on vinyl, massive rhcp fan!!

pissbore
April 17th 2013


9934 Comments


i meant viper he hasnt even heard any 80s peppers can you believe it???

benkim
April 17th 2013


2188 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is better than what most people think.

Spec
April 17th 2013


27298 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Haven't listened to this since grade nine.

DrHouseSchuldiner
April 17th 2013


5643 Comments


This one is ok at best 2.5-3 for me

Treeman
April 17th 2013


1227 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good review for a first, could use a touching up here or there but its solid

In my personal opinion mars and jupiter would necessarily be classics if they were released separately but I do think the general opinion of them would be higher

mtgmusic8
April 17th 2013


5 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, I think I may have exaggerated abit but I reckon there are easily enough good songs to make one classic and one very good one! Thanks for the compliment though, any specific things you could point out to help touch up?

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
April 17th 2013


1730 Comments


Better then my first review! Exellent job! Stellar album.

mtgmusic8
April 17th 2013


5 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wow thanks hogan900

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
April 17th 2013


1730 Comments


No problem, lol and I still go back and listen to snow sometimes. My favorite on the album.

joshieboy12345
April 17th 2013


5371 Comments


Good review. Pos.



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