Red Hot Chili Peppers
One Hot Minute



by Oddsen USER (23 Reviews)
February 12th, 2007 | 17 replies

Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist

Review Summary: One Hot Minute is The Red Hot Chili Peppers most unusual album but still as interesting and funky as ever despite the fact it is with a new guitarist, Dave Navarro.

One Hot Minute is certainly The Red Hot Chili Pepper’s strangest release. It must have been a difficult period of time for the band when it came out. After their huge success in 1991 with Blood Sugar Sex Magic, they elevated themselves from the crazy underground L.A. group to international rock stars. Unfortunately, with this instant success, as well as touring and drugs, guitarist John Frusciante departed. It is quite amazing that the Red Hot Chili Peppers were able to continue after losing their second guitarist in 4 years, but less than 4 years later, they recruited none other than Jane’s Addiction’s Dave Navarro to play, and in 1995, The Red Hot Chili Peppers released something very different from Blood Sugar Sex Magic. They created the widely overlooked One Hot Minute. One Hot Minute is still as energized, diverse, and unique as any Chili Peppers release. Flea still shows some spectacular bass lines and Anthony Kiedis continues to wonderfully pull off some interesting vocal performances. One Hot Minute is truly another great addition to The Red Hot Chili Pepper’s catalogue.

The first question that probably comes to mind about One Hot Minute is how does Dave Navarro do with The Red Hot Chili Peppers" Well really he does just fine. Dave shows an impressive amount of skill and personality in his playing. Navarro even manages to incorporate funky elements into the music as if he was Hillel Slovak or John Frusciante himself. In Aeroplane and One Big Mob he uses these elements helping to produce some solid funk music with the other members of the band. His best performance can be found on Walkabout; a really groovy track in which Navarro shows off his wah wah peddle skills and an amazing solo. On One Hot Minute, Dave Navarro does a find job fitting in with the band and really displays some fine guitar skills allowing for the band to flex their creativity muscles.

As I mentioned before, One Hot Minute is not a very typical album and The Red Hot Chili Pepper’s most unusual. Before practically every song gets going, there are some sorts of strange noises or a soft intro ranging from 10 seconds to over a minute. On Deep Kick for example, there seems to be some quiet, random noises along with a very light bass line as Anthony Kiedis recites a poem. He states “But love and music can save us/ And did/ While the giant grey monster grew more poisoned and volatile around us/ Jaws clamping down/ Spewing ugly *** around/ Nothing is the same/ So we keep moving/ We keep moving” Deep Kick then suddenly explodes into the most energetic song on the album in which Flea ends up taking lead vocals at the very end. Also rather peculiar is One Big Mob. From the second it begins, the song is clearly something that could have been on The Uplift Mofo Party Plan with its high energy incantations and Anthony Kiedis classic, silly rapping. The interesting thing about this song is how after its crazy beginning, there’s a breakdown. Yes, the Red Hot Chili Peppers use a breakdown in One Big Mob and for a major chuck of the track there is a quiet buildup that leads to a similar beginning. It comes off as quite an exciting piece and a very uniquely interesting one. That is what is so wonderful about this album. It really is so fascinating. Every song has a different sound and something uncommon or exciting about it. So what we find on One Hot Minute is really no bland or generic songs and really no songs that sound similar, but diverse and unique pieces. Though that doesn’t mean they’re necessarily all good.

One Hot Minute has some truly classic Red Hot Chili Peppers songs. The hit single My Friends is a wonderful track with its upbeat and emotional acoustic feel. The song is a prime example of what The Red Hot Chili Peppers are able to create. But unfortunately, on One Hot Minute they form some fairly poor songs. One that immediately comes to mind is Tearjerker. I’d say Tearjerker was an attempt at a beautiful, heart-warming song like Under The Bridge. To me, the Chili Peppers seemed to have failed at achieving this for it barely comes off as beautiful at all. The lyrics about Kurt Cobain’s death aren’t executed well and overall the song comes off as rather awkward. Also, Coffee Shop isn’t done so well. It is a very heavy track with some amazing bass slapping from Flea, though the way Anthony chooses to sing is so unusual that Coffee Shop isn’t super enjoyable. Anthony seems to use some unfitting vocals often on the album, as on the title track, One Hot Minute, his pipes seem perplexing and in general unpleasant. Though plenty of songs on One Hot Minute are great. Aeroplane is very groovy and Shallow Be Thy Name has a perfect mix of heaviness and funkiness so all in all, most of the songs are fine and entertaining.

One Hot Minute is a fine addition to The Red Hot Chili Pepper’s long discography. Even with a new guitarist, Dave Navarro, The Red Hot Chili Peppers exceed in creating unique and interesting songs that ultimately follow in their funky, energetic style. Tracks like My Friends and Walkabout are as memorable as any hit song and intriguing listens such as Deep Kick make One Hot Minute so cool. Anthony Kiedis might ruin a few songs and not all of them are masterpieces but The Red Hot Chili Peppers come up with some excellent material and a nice amount of uncommon works. Predominantly, One Hot Minute is a great album no matter how slightly strange is might be.

4/5 Excellent

Recommended Tracks
Deep Kick
My Friends
Shallow Be Thy Name

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Comments:Add a Comment 
February 12th 2007


Album Rating: 4.0

I should be shot for not mentioning pea

February 12th 2007


Better you didn't, Pea is awful.

February 12th 2007


If I got this it would probably end up being my favorite RHCP cd.

February 12th 2007



February 12th 2007


Just from what I've heard I like it a lot more than their other stuff.

February 12th 2007


Oh right.

Makes sense I guess.

February 12th 2007


Friends is my favorite RHCP song. I'll probably download this.This Message Edited On 02.12.07This Message Edited On 02.12.07

February 12th 2007


Album Rating: 4.0

^you should go ahead

Pea is cool Neoteric

February 12th 2007


Pea is amazing.

I just hate Walkabout and Transcending. Those and Nevermind are the only three songs by this band that I can't say I like, that is why this is my least favorite of their albums.

Oh, and I don't see what's not to love about Coffee Shop. Two bass solos in less than three minutes is pretty sweet in my opinion.

February 12th 2007


Album Rating: 3.5

I love this album, it's honestly my second favorite chilis album behind BSSM (obviously)

Warpep, Deep Kick, and Shallow be thy Game are all killer and some of the chili's best work.

Two-Headed Boy
February 12th 2007


Album Rating: 2.5

Pea blows, much like about half of the songs on here.

Good work, you rascal.

February 12th 2007


Album Rating: 4.5

You guys should try and download "Stretch", which was one of the B-sides from this album. It's pretty much the funkiest track they've ever made, and that's including the stuff they did with George Clinton.

OHM = Criminally Underrated.

Whole lotta Led
February 12th 2007


Sucky band, sucky album. The vocalist is kinda hot though.

February 12th 2007


Album Rating: 4.0

^all wrong

thanks for you few who commented on the review which i now realized is praticully no one other than THB

February 12th 2007


Someone needs a hug!

February 13th 2007


Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Good review man. Short and sweet. I don't really care for this album though. There are a few good ones on here and I must admit that Aeroplane is one of my favorite RHCP songs, but most of the album gets kind of annoying.

February 16th 2007


Album Rating: 3.5

I think this is one of my favorite old Chili albums.

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