Red Hot Chili Peppers
I'm Beside You


1.5
very poor

Review

by TheMoonchild USER (156 Reviews)
January 29th, 2014 | 31 replies


Release Date: 2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An absolutely, utterly pointless collection of the scrapings from the bottom of RHCP's creative barrel, existing for no reason other than to jerk more cash from the fans' wallets.

I know I'm at risk of sounding completely and totally ignorant with what I'm about to say, especially as my oncoming complaint is about something that happens with nearly every album nowadays, but I really don't get this idea of writing at least 50 songs and hand picking a number of them for an album. I say that, because it seems to be the cause of a lot of today's albums feeling not so much like albums but rather compilations. Ultimately, that was part of why I'm With You failed to be interesting nowadays; because it shows the band going in at least 14 different directions and not many of them being interesting. And so here we are, just over two years after that album's release, Record Store Day 2013, a cavalcade of releases on vinyl for us collectors, and one of them being a collection of tracks that were somehow more boring than I'm With You.

That's right, I'm BESIDE You. One reason this release was a bad idea in the first place is because most fans already had these tracks in some form; all the tracks were available on iTunes and in 45 RPM 7's, and free, even. So right there, there's already no reason to have to shell out $45 for this collection of filler tracks. And then there's the real reason this album is mostly pointless- that the majority of these tracks are just plain boring, with little to no entertainment value. There's maybe two tracks on this entire collection that are salvageable- "Pink as Floyd" and "Never is a Long Time". "Pink as Floyd" is a nice, slower tune that has some nice singing by Anthony Kiedis, and some bluesy guitar work by Josh Klinghoffer. For slower Peppers, I guess it isn't bad. "Never Is a Long Time" is a fantastic song that I guarantee would have been better than some of the more yawn inducing tracks from I'm With You like "Police Station" or "Meet Me at the Corner". It's pretty upbeat and the verses sound like a rockier version of a 50s pop tune, with rocking choruses and hell, even Klinghoffer isn't that bad on it.

Otherwise, there really isn't anything here worth the time, and there's probably a good reason the majority of these tracks were left off the album. Quite a few of them tease you with the notion that they're going to really take off, but then just end. Perhaps the worst offender is "Love of Your Life", which has an interesting bluesy sound to it that perhaps Frusciante would not have been to repulsed by, but it rarely goes away from there and just plays things safe. Much of the tracks go in one ear and out the other, failing to leave much of an impression. There really isn't much to say, because the majority of the songs really just feel as if the band are going through the motions. It's hard to sit through much of these tracks on their own, but to sit through a behemoth 73 minutes is even more difficult. If you're a hardcore fan that must own everything Peppers, then sure, go ahead and buy this record, but everyone else, stay away, and perhaps try to find more coveted RSD releases like that gorgeous 2013 remaster of Nirvana's In utero, or even the rerelease of Ghost's Opus Eponymous. As for this, Avoid.



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TheMoonchild
January 29th 2014


1315 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

That's two "filler tracks" albums to be reviewed today...

Yuli
Emeritus
January 29th 2014


10767 Comments


You picked two of the best songs from I'm With You to criticize, blasphemy

KriegdemKriege
January 29th 2014


1544 Comments


Who would pay $45 for a Red Hot Chili Peppers album?

NordicMindset
January 29th 2014


25137 Comments


If I'm With you was shit why would I spend that money for its b-sides

deathschool
January 29th 2014


28658 Comments


Good review but,

"and hell, even Klinghoffer isn't that bad on it."

I feel I must inform you that Klinghoffer is probably the only current member of RHCP that has a bright future.

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
January 29th 2014


16649 Comments


sweet review u convinced me to check this out

tommygun
January 29th 2014


27109 Comments


pirate it duh

most of these songs are p bad yea

kiedis fucking sucks now

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
January 29th 2014


16649 Comments


wow spotify had all of these split up in 7"s i guess DUMB so i had to go thru a lot of hard work making a playlist so i hope this is as good as u said

deathschool
January 29th 2014


28658 Comments


Damn Foxxxy, how are you still alive?

tommygun
January 29th 2014


27109 Comments


you're in for a bad time cole

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
January 29th 2014


16649 Comments


holy shit 1hr8mins thats 2 and a half meat puppets albujms

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
January 29th 2014


16649 Comments


kinda dig long progression maybe just the bridge and solo not sure i might have forgotten the rest?

TheMoonchild
January 29th 2014


1315 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

They were all available for legal free download at one time. So why we'd want to shell out a hefty fee for this is just baffling.

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
January 29th 2014


16649 Comments


'Frusciante would not have been to repulsed by'

too

TheMoonchild
January 29th 2014


1315 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Will fix that.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
January 29th 2014


6190 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm With You isn't bad, it was a nice listen. Of course, not as good or everlasting as their previous records with Frusciante, but they pulled it off with Klinghoffer. I'm curious to hear more of his input. I will check this out, I've had it for quite a while on my PC, however, I never listened to it lol.

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
January 29th 2014


47648 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hanalei is too fucking good damn

ABjordanMM
January 29th 2014


1755 Comments


"You picked two of the best songs from I'm With You to criticize, blasphemy" [2]

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
January 29th 2014


18303 Comments


I'm with you was extremely dull. Can't say I'll ever listen to this.

Pheromone
January 29th 2014


21415 Comments


Damn, completely disagree with the review, some of the Chilis best on some of these songs. Not going to pos or neg but damn critiquing a compilation for being a compilation is dumb.



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