14 Songs, 59 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Behind the shambolic splendor of a Red Hot Chili Peppers’ performance is a tightly coiled symbiosis of musicianship. The band grapples with themes of life and death on I’m With You, an album born from the ashes of a friend’s fatal overdose. Bringing a subtle style, Josh Klinghoffer has replaced John Frusciante as guitarist, but the band still retains its unmistakable Chili Pepper flavor. The totemic lead single, “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie,” soars and bops with magnitude

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Behind the shambolic splendor of a Red Hot Chili Peppers’ performance is a tightly coiled symbiosis of musicianship. The band grapples with themes of life and death on I’m With You, an album born from the ashes of a friend’s fatal overdose. Bringing a subtle style, Josh Klinghoffer has replaced John Frusciante as guitarist, but the band still retains its unmistakable Chili Pepper flavor. The totemic lead single, “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie,” soars and bops with magnitude

Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
3.5K Ratings
3.5K Ratings
bslapshot ,

1st yeee buddy

My 3rd favorite Rhcp Album

this is music

I'm With You > Carter I/V

Frank Davis ,

Decent....

This album is mediocre for RHCP. I will always like it because RHCP are one of my favorite bands; but the hard truth is that none of the songs on this album stand out as "memorable". When you compare this album to all the RHCP music with Frusciante it's not even a close comparison. RHCP with JF was a whole other level of music. Songs like "Under The Bridge","I Could Have Lied","Funky Monks","Californication","Scar Tissue","This Velvet Glove","Wet Sand","Hey","Dani California", "If","C'mon Girl","By The Way", and the list of amazing songs with JF goes on and on. My point is, Josh has not given me any reason to believe he's a full Frusciante replacement on "I'm With You". It seems like his guitar is just in the background 90% of the album, following Flea and Chad while laying down textural layers. That is fine for some songs, but every once and while we want to hear funky first riffs leading or gnarly dirty solos; or even some really nice melodic stuff. If you are a bass player and primarily a Flea fan you will like the album. Flea has some good bass riffs and a good number of the songs start with hard thumping bass riffs. Also, Chad and Flea are still an amazing duo; truly a match made in heaven. Anthony is perfect on vocals as usual although I have one qualm - stop putting "hey" into chorus' please. So all in all, this album is definitely on the bottom of my list. It's not even close to BSSM, Californication, SA, or even By The Way. All I can say is I truly hope Josh is goo live, as in they continue their tradition of improving solos, riffs, and jam intros/outros; because if they don't and Josh is just playing studio lines I'm going to be really disappointed when I see them live. RHCP holds a high standard of being an amazing live band and very organic live. Time will only tell...

Soberfoe ,

Rate the album, not the band.

Growing up on RHCP, I know what their capable of. This is nothing more than a cash crop album. They still carry a distinct sound that's unmistakeable, but they went from GTO to PT Cruiser. I liked "Stadium Arcadium" but it did take some getting used to. I'd imagine this album is the same way after a first listen. You want an honest review, there it is. Not a ground breaking album designed to draw in a new generation and it's not an album for those who grew up on their funky material. This is for the fans who will like anything the Chili Peppers put out because of who they used to be, not who they are now.

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