Red Hot Chili Peppers
Stadium Arcadium


4.5
superb

Review

by Chas USER (5 Reviews)
May 13th, 2006 | 924 replies | 49,324 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


10 of 15 thought this review was well written

(Previously a blurb but edited to a full review)

I’ve been a big fan of the Red Hot Chili Peppers (RHCP) after buying Californiacation when I was nine, and ever since they have successfully hooked me on their sound. But through Sputnik I have found out about albums that I didn’t know where released, and after investing in them has only strengthen my addiction with the funky monks. Also thorough Sputnik like many I uncovered news of their forthcoming release, Stadium Arcadium. Like many I was shocked at the news their could be possibly three discs worth of music, but just as impressed with the finalised idea of a double disc release. So with bated breath I waited, because with the RHCP comes diversity and change. Defining them as one genre is very difficult as they have the ability to change their sound, proving this with a change from Californication to By the Way, and so I was not sure what to expect from this album. Finally on it release I went straight out and brought it, and jammed it right into my disk tray and listed on… On with the review then.

My first impression was of the wealth of material that is present on the album. Not only is there two discs of 14 tracks to chose from, but each track exceeds at least three and a half minutes. This had two effects on me at first. One: heavens this should keep me interested for a while, listening to all this should keep it fresh instead of listening to an album over and over again and getting bored after playing it to death. Two: perhaps there’s too much to swallow here, have the band bitten of more than they can chew, or have I as well. With its length I thought I wouldn’t be able to connect with songs after repeated listens, and by listening to them after long spells over the two discs I would easily forget about some songs. But the later was not the case luckily, and with each track I managed to connect with each track well and find something to enjoy as each track moved on.

My next query was about the quality of the quantity. Did this vast amount of music show how much the RHCP had been working, and how well they worked to pull out tunes in a vast number like this. Or, would it be very lacking in quality and repetitive tracks throughout. Again it was the more positive of the two choices providing something different as the tracks rolled on giving me something different to think about every time it ticked over.

So what of the music? After seeing the rocking side and the funk side of the band in past records, it seems to be able to combine the two styles on this album in a much clearer and obvious way than previously tried. Yet no single track can be described as either one of these two solely, as some songs combine both elements so well. Tracks like Tells me baby and 21st Century for example show this so well and the RHCP manage to pull it of almost flawlessly. The bands instrumental qualities are again on show case on this album like many others that they have recorded, and fail to disappoint. Geetar wise John is again utterly fabulous producing funkadelick riffs, side slitting solos on tracks like Readymade, and making each song that little bit better with his compositions skills. With some parts on the album reminiscing BSSM days and recent times, it gives us a clear sign of John’s talent, and how accessible it is to listen to for anybody. Next on the list is flea. Ahh, Flea, one of my favourite bass players and once again showing his class for all to hear. King of the funky bass lines is excellent on many tracks, playing intros to a few songs that really gets the songs going and sounding well. Its Flea, need I say any more? Drumming wise Chad drives the album on with very listenable grooves that you won’t be able to help but stand up and take notice! Chad’s drumming throughout his RHCP career has been great providing the beats for band and doing a bang up job from what’s on offer here. Finally the front man, the spokesperson of the band, Anthony. What can I say the, man has it all. Wonderful voice, not the range of some singers out there, but still makes it very listenable from any perspective. He can rap, or what sounds like it, which gives certain songs like Storm in a Teacup for instance that added funktasticness to it. Lyrically he can write some pretty damn good lyrics here to, yet with a laid back, not so serious style of lyric that many of you guys out there are used to, and on Stadium Arcadium are as strong as ever.

So in short folks:

Pros:
Funky and rocking
Great solos
Smashing bass lines
Moneys worth for all them tracks!

Cons:
Hard to get into for a casual listener, or those not used to a double disc release.

This truly is a fantastic album and worth every penny you spend. It’ll get your toes tapping, head bobbing and fingers clicking, just easy to listen to album. Whether you’re a die hard RHCP fan or just interested in getting into them, this is a buy for you!

4.5/5


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altrockdude
May 13th 2006



150 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I tryed to get tickets for them the second they went on sale... still can't get them... dam*it! good blurb unbelievable album

fisky009
May 13th 2006



813 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

RHCP tickets go sooo damn quick, Hyde Park went in four hours. A gig here in england went sold out in just an hour.

incubotic
May 13th 2006



78 Comments


Well Ive seen them 3 times in the Uk so I wasnt too bothered about seeing them again. I havent got this album yet but the reviews are all very good- even though the song clips Ive heard arent very good imo. Prob be the album of the summer none the less

Oddsen
May 14th 2006



1127 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good Blurb, but i don't think these songs could really fit with BSSM or mother's milk. The RHCP's have changed so much over the years.

fisky009
May 21st 2006



813 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Thanks for the fead back guys and gals, much apreciated.

The Door Mouse
May 28th 2006



2092 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i defenatly think this relates to bssm

Freakapotamus
June 25th 2006



5 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i strongly dislike the chorus of Hump de Bump >.< its horribly annoying. But that is merel one song on this beautiful piece of work.

Bron-Yr-Aur
June 25th 2006



4405 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I don't see how people hate "Hump De Bump". I think it's one of the best on the album.

The Door Mouse
June 25th 2006



2092 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

[QUOTE=Bron-Yr-Aur]I don't see how people hate "Hump De Bump". I think it's one of the best on the album.[/Quote]

I 100% concur
btw this is my 100th comment yay

fisky009
June 29th 2006



813 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

And why is this a review? It wasa blurb, it should be in the other bit now.

Well while its a review click the was it well written bit then. :D

fisky009
July 27th 2006



813 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Just edited it now to a full review, enjoy and let me know if its well written I guess.

Intransit
September 18th 2006



2797 Comments


pretty good work, although Hump De Bump is the shit

Onewaytrip2hell
September 18th 2006



508 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Prett good review I guess, although your spelling and grammar are off here and there. Yeah, Hump De Bump is kind of the shit. She's Only 18 is the best on here, IMO

Edit: Cool 200th comment. I voted on this review, btw.This Message Edited On 09.18.06

Patrick
September 18th 2006



1891 Comments


Wet Sand baby Wet Sand

Onewaytrip2hell
September 18th 2006



508 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

^Best 10^

clite2
September 24th 2006



31 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Sorry for this second rant.

You have to understand major labels, RHCP is signed under a major label (Warner Bros.)

What is the major record labels goal??? TO MAKE MONEY....not to release great music. If you want great music start by looking in the INDIE section.

Warner Bros basically controls RHCP, all RHCP needs to do is to make a Hit single and release it on a snazzy double album (the album is a snoozefest, if you dont already know) Following that pattern makes the MOST MONEY for the LEAST EFFORT. MAYBE RHCP was great before, but this album is truly a sell-out.

I asked like 50 people if they heard of RHCP, the people who said yes I asked what songs do they like....Pretty much ONLY Dani California. They judge how good a band is because of ONE song....THIS IS WHAT WARNER BROS. WANTS.

C'mon guys, the puzzle solves itself...This is mainstream trash. The End.

Bron-Yr-Aur
September 24th 2006



4405 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Hey there Clite. I notice you've rated an abundance of Iron Maiden albums 5 stars.


You..... do know they're on a major label right? You also rant about indie, you do know that you pie chart shows you're only 5% indie?



stinkypoptart
September 24th 2006



1169 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

man clite you are by far the dumbest person i ever seen.

clite2
September 24th 2006



31 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

hmm i dont really consider Iron Maiden that kind of major label, sorry i should be more clear........Major Labels originated in USA.

Bron-Yr-Aur
September 24th 2006



4405 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

How do you not consider them that kind of Major Label? Because you like them?


Dude. You suck.



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