You know what,
I haven't written in a while. Some would say I'm lazy, maybe a
lack of focus, maybe even a little burnt out. I know, how can
you get burnt out from listening to music and voicing your opinion,
like I am some kind of "expert." Now that you are all
feeling sorry for me, basically I haven't written because of all
the garbage that is out right now. Nothing against those great
artists that are currently on MTV like Avril Lavigne, Paulina
Rubio, Ashanti, and Dirty Vegas, can you tell my sarcasm?
Well something is about to change as the Red
Hot Chili Peppers release their 9th studio album, By the Way.
Riding high on the heels of 1999's Californication, which
featured the return of John Frusciante, the Chili Peppers are
in uncharted water for a group of funky guys who were once known
for wearing socks on their cocks.
"By the Way" (the first single, and
title track) is a song that bridges the gap from the funky early
Chili Peppers sound to the more polished Californication.
Anthony Kiedis, John Frusciante, Flea, and Chad Smith have grown
leaps and bounds as musicians, as well as songwriters. The addition
of Frusciante's backing vocals, adds texture, and complements
Kiedis's voice. Just listen to the harmonies on "Universally
Speaking," "Dosed," "Midnight," or "Warm
Tape," and you will hear an element to the Chili Peppers
that has sorely been missing.
From the doo-wop-ish "Universally Speaking,"
to the ska influenced "On Mercury," this disc is full
of highlights. "The Zephyr Song" could be my favorite
song on the disc, along with "Tear" and the acoustic
"Cabron." The songs flow between styles seamlessly.
The only song that seems to falter is the hollow "Throw Away
Your Television" which just seems out of place on this disc.
With its big drum sound, it seems more like a left over from the
days of Blood Sugar Sex Magik. By the Way shows
that Californication was only the beginning of the Chili
Peppers "comeback" and not a swan song. With close to
20 years now under their belt, the Peppers have continued to grow
and expand musically, unlike many of the bands that they started
out with. Fuck Bono and all his bullshit posturing, the Red Hot
Chili Peppers are right now the biggest rock band in the world.
I will be very surprised if there is a better CD this year than
By the Way.
|1. By The Way
2. Universally Speaking
3. This Is The Place
5. Don't Forget Me
6. The Zephyr Song
7. Can't Stop
8. I Could Die For You
10. Throw Away Your Television
13. On Mercury
14. Minor Thing
15. Warm Tape
16. Venice Queen