Review Summary: This album is amazing. It brings everything to the table. The consistentsy is very enjoyable along with the rest of the album.
Like I said in my Achtung Baby review, 1991 was amazing. Along with that beautiful album came Nevermind, Ten, Gish (the beginning to the Smashing Pumpkins
) and many more. The Red Hot Chili Peppers released BloodSugarSexMagik to add on to the greatness of that year.
This album is funky. Most people know that. This is given away because of the most popular songs on the album. The bounciness and springiness of Give it Away
is a great way to show how fun this album is. It doesn’t always have to be fast to be RHCP funk and Funky Monks
, owning one of the best guitar intros ever, proves that perfectly. Introductory songs are always crucial. Sometime it could make or break an album. There is now way to bring in a crowd like a great opener. Power of Equality
is a stunning opener. Then sometimes you get less popular but still adequate funkiness. Apache Rose Peakock
, My Lovely Man
and Mellowship Slinky in B Minor
have a perfectly place in this album. They can hold their own against most songs on here. One of the only funk songs that I don’t find spectacular is If You Have to Ask
. It is quite odd because in the beginning Kedis is talking and it just different and weird. At times this album seems to good to be true. As I said earlier how the opener is crucial. So is its counterpart. The very pointless They’re Red Hot
is a rough end to the album. It is about 1:10 long and you absolutely can’t tell what he is saying except for “they’re red hot”. I actually consider it filler.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers have always been fans of punk rock and they get to show some punk in this album. Now, I’m not a hardcore, punk fan but I can make an exception with these guys. They show great punk attitude in some great songs. The Righteous and the Wicked
is certainly a hard punk song. Flea, being a punk/funk fanatic, makes great baselines. Naked in the Rain
is a excellent example. Its chorus is one the best on the album. The Greeting Song
fast guitar making the punk sound very obvious. Kedis also contributes to that with his in-your-face singing. Also you don’t have to be speedy to be punk. They’re title track is a great case. Last but not least, Suck My Kiss
is a great song. Every factor is doing its job precisely. Chad shows his stuff in that song especially.
(Before I start this section ignore the sexual lyics, you’ll see what I mean). Another great thing I love about this is that it is fun to listen to. The 6-year-old boyish lyrics make it possible. For example, at the beginning of Power of Equality
Kedis is saying “Hey badda badda.” Repeatedly then “SWING!” as if he was playing tee ball.
Originally Posted by Funky Monks
Confusion is my middle name. Ask me again I’ll tell you the same
I don’t know about but that is a very childhood like rhyme that my friends and I used to do (minus the “confusion is my middle name’).
Originally Posted by Suck My Kiss
K-I-S-S-I-N-G, chicka chicka dee, Do me like a banshee
Self explanatory. You know you did that chant
Originally Posted by Blood Sugar Sex Magik
Blood sugar sucker fish n’ my dish, how many pieces do you wish
Once again it is a favorite childhood game.
Then they have the well known ballads. Under the Bridge
, I Could Have Lied
and Breaking The Girl
are some of the most lovely, beautiful songs that they ever wrote. With out these three songs then I would consider this album a 3 or 2.5. Each one of these songs is showing absolutely amazing guitar work…words can’t explain how important these songs are. Under the Bridge
is one of the best guitar work and one of the best songs on the album. The intro, the verse, the chorus are just absolutely amazing. Another example of great guitar work is Could Have Lied
. This might actually be better guitar work than UtB
. The bridges are utter genius. Then you have one of the catchiest chord progressions ever. Breaking the girl is a heavy and deep tune. Frusciante is a gem. He is a gigantic factor in this album. None of the songs seize to amaze me.
RHCP have a definite history of sexuality. They don’t stop with this album. Righteous and the Wicked
has a very sexual message. Then Suck My Kiss
comes in and you can just tell that this song is sex filled. Sir Psycho Sexy
is the complete definition of sex related songs. There isn’t one verse that doesn’t have to do with sex. It is quite a twisted song. That song alone makes it have a “parental advisory” sign on it. That message kind of get annoying but non the less it is a good song.
My Conclusion: This album is a consistent, funky, beautiful, type of album. All and all you should by all means pick up this album. This album is not just amazing instrumentals but it is actually fun to listen to. With a lot of the songs I find myself dancing, and feeling like a little kid again. If your having a bad day, got fired, got dumped or anything else, listen to this album and you WILL
Power of Equality 4.5/5
If You Have To Ask 3.5/5
Breaking the Girl 4.5/5
Funky Monks 5/5
Suck My Kiss 4.5/5
I Could Have Lied 5/5
Mellowship Slinky in B Major 4/5
Righteous and the Wicked 4.5/5
Give It Away 4.5/5
Blood Sugar Sex Magik 4/5
Under The Bridge 4.5/5
Naked In The Rain 4.5/5
Apache Rose Peacock 4/5
The Greeting Song 4/5
My Lovely Man 4/5
Sir Psycho Sexy 3.5.5
They’re Red Hot 3/5
Mixing the different genres
They’re Red Hot