With Stadium Arcadium freshly plonked atop the UK chart, the Red Hot Chili Peppers are now confirmed as card-carrying Rock Gods. This two-disc intergalactic triumph (titled 'Jupiter' and 'Mars'), glows with Rick Rubin's shiny clean production.
"Dani California" and the jerkily melodic "Tell Me Baby" see the Chilis at their best even if the grown-up band have replaced raunch with romance, mixing gritty funk with acoustic janglings and even choir-boy wailings.
"She's Only 18" winks at their willy-ruled lyrics of yore: Anthony Kiedis may be about 92 now but he can still sing about undies, even if his body fluid fixation a la Blood Sugar Sex Magik has faded. "Wet Sand" rockets from balladry to sing-along stadium rock, while "Hey" boasts too much dinner-jazz strumming to really grab. But amid theprog like melee of sounds Flea's bass-thuddery still rules.
A multi-faceted must. --Zoe Street
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