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4.1 out of 5 stars
I'm With You
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 8 September 2011
I've been listening to RHCP since mothers milk and enjoy it all even the changes from californication/by the way/SA where they took on the much more mainstream sound.

My problem with this album is that for me there are no 'Hits' on it, there isnt a 'Cant Stop' or 'Zephyr Song', 'Dani California' or 'Desicration Smile'. I would sum the album up as a collection of those songs on the other albums that fill the space between the big hits, they are nice to listen to but dont 'get you going'.

Some are growing on me and I listen to them all except 'Dance dance dance' or whatever its called. But none of them give me the same feeling as the hits on previous albums.

Its all pretty slow as well, kind of a chill-out album, great for putting on while reading a book or just relaxing. But certainly doesnt touch the pace and excitement of SA.

If you are a fan then get it but dont expect an opening track like previous albums and dont expect the pace to pick up. I also recommend skipping that awful dance dance dance track, im removing it from my ipod so it doesnt accidently start playing, thats just my opinion please listen to it yourself first.. Then remove it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I have always loved the RHCPs - I just find their music infectious. It's been a while since the last album (Stadium Acadium), which was a mixed affair over 2 disks (some brilliant tracks & some not so good).I fully intended to buy `I'm With You' but did not rush to get it and when I finally did, put it on more in hope than expectation. For me though it hit the spot straight away - I love it, and a real return to form. The best album I have heard for a long time. Great musicians, nice harmonies and excellent production.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 17 April 2012
A cracking album considering that John Frusciante (aka the not so secret weapon) is no longer in the band. Josh Klinghoffer has step into this man's shoes admirably to create the distinctive 'Funk/Punk' sound we all know and love whilst stamping his own avant-garde mark on the band dynamic. 'Look Around' and 'Ethiopia' are my personal recommendations for anyone wanting to get a flavour of the sound before committing to the whole album!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 28 July 2014
Worst album they've ever produced, hands down. 'One Hot Minute' was far better and thats saying something, Flea wrote most of that himself on instruments he wasn't familiar with. Its not one star, there are a few tracks which grow on you and you have to take into account its A) the longest time ever between albums and B) they've had a massive change to the dynamic. That being said they claimed they wrote 60-70 songs for it, and these were the best 14?! With that pool of talent and that much time to write (each would have brought a lot to the table) there's no excuse.

Now for the biggest thing. I have never heard an album where a band is so badly missing their guitarist. Its just so immediately apparent, its quite shocking. Everything is so rhythm driven, Chad and Flea are carrying Josh throughout every song, its like their willing him to open up and explode with an amazing guitar riff or solo but it never materialises. When you hear they actively toned down the guitar levels to bring the bass and drums to the forefront it says it all. Thats never happened on any Chili Peppers record. I hope its just down to his confidence and the shoes he has to fill and that he will grow in time, he's a top guitarist no doubt BUT there's a huge difference between being a good guitarist and being able to write.

For me when Frusciante left it was unrecoverable, unless he returns for a 3rd time or Josh seriously steps up their done.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 30 March 2014
Too inconsistent, too safe, where has the funk gone? I wanted to like this, but all the Chili Peppers do these days is make radio friendly music. The new guitarist is kind of faceless, he just plays along in the background, he doesn't have his own style and doesn't play any solos! Just not good enough. They would have been smarter getting Dave Navarro back, but since they slagged him off so much and the album they made together, it isn't possible. A shame. I like the artwork and a couple of the tracks are ok but that's it really.
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
on 29 August 2011
When John Frusciante quietly left the Chili Peppers in early 2010 many fans feared the worst for the band after all the last time they recorded an album without him it was 1995's poorly received(although underrated) "One Hot Minute" which featured Jane's Addiction's Dave Navarro on guitar, most people know that Navarro and Frusciante have varying styles and it showed on the album that was probably more experimental and heavy than anything the Chili Peppers had done to that point. So rather go the same route for album number 10 the chili peppers brought in Josh Klinghoeffer who just happened to have played with the band live in 2007 contributing keyboards, backing vocals and guitar. He also played regularly with John Frusciante on Frusciante's many solo records. So he is more familiar with the Chili Peppers sound and style than someone from the outside.

On "I'm With You" the Red Hot Chili Peppers sound like a band who are ready to tackle many different styles when compared with 2006's double album "Stadium Arcadium" which would have been better as a single and suffered from sounding samey at times throughout it's two hour running time. The album opens with "Monarchy of Roses" which starts with distorted guitars and vocals before entering familiar Chili Pepper territory. It's almost a throwback to "Warped" that opened "One Hot Minute". With Frusciante's departure a lot was expected of bassist Flea to step up and make a big contribution, it's safe to say he doesn't disappoint as he and drummer Chad Smith show why they are one of the best rhythm sections around they hold the song "Factory Of Faith" together brilliantly. As well as delivering a nice chunk of funk on tracks "Ethiopia", "Even You Brutus?" and the brilliant album closer "Dance, Dance, Dance".

There's a nice nod to former co-biographer Brendan Mullen on "Brendan's Death Song". "Goodbye Hooray" is vintage Chili Peppers and features some good playing from Klinghoeffer who also adds back ground vocals to song "Did I Let You Know", it's a track that really shows off his talents. First single "The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie" has a nice dance feel to it. Of course not everything works "Annie Wants A Baby" never really does anything and maybe at 14 tracks that album could have been scaled back to 12, but these are only small gripes. As always Rick Rubin provides production on the album, he has produced every Chili Peppers album since 1991's "Blood Sugar Sex Magik".

Whilst nobody can really replace John Frusciante or fill his guitar playing shoes, Josh Klinghoffer does a good job on "I'm With You" and shows he can carry the role, and while at times his playing might seem a bit reserved it's only probably because the weight of expectation on his shoulders and this album will probably serve as a gentle introduction for him after all he is guitarist number eight! for the Chili Peppers. It's been 5 long years since "Stadium Arcadium" so it's good to have the Chili Peppers back and there's a lot of life left in them yet!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 13 June 2012
A great all round album, they've really gone back to their roots in this album. Those funky bass guitar riffs and Anthony's rhythmic vocals. Josh's Guitaring really adds a new and exciting vibe to the album and the band in general, which is only pushing them forwards. Absolutely brill, definitely worth buying.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 22 September 2011
Old school Chilli's with a new school twist and well worth buying and listening to if you're already a fan or looking to get into the band!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 9 September 2011
So you're a Red Hot Chilli Peppers fan, you thoroughly enjoyed the last albums since Californication and you're now asking yourself if you should purchase the latest offering. You are particularly worried that with the departure of the seminal John Frusciante the band will have lost it and become a shadow of their former selves. This impression has been bolstered by the reviews on here bemoaning a lack of guitars. Well fear not (for mighty dread had seized their troubled minds) you can stump up the cash immediately and stand by to enjoy a great album.

This album sounds remarkably like a third CD from Stadium Arcadium. Whatever it is that characterises the latter Red Hot Chilli Peppers sound - the phrasing, the Fender guitar sound, the drums and mordant bass - it is all here in spades. Listening to it, and not knowing that Frusciante had left, I would defy anyone to say that he wasn't playing on this record. The tone is the same, the licks are very similar; it would appear that Kinghoffer has really learnt from the master. It puts you in mind of those paintings where experts agonise over whether it was painted by Rembrandt or one of his disciples. Frusciante inspired me to want to play the guitar. Well, I can imagine wanting to learn some of these songs too. I really can't see where people are getting the idea that there is no guitar - seems to be plenty of it to me and Frusciante in any case has always been somewhat understated.

I won't bother analysing it track by track. Others have done so and it's a personal thing anyway. I think I like Annie Wants a Baby the most, although it sounds exactly like a track on By The Way. Well, that's all fine by me as I just wanted more of the same. If you were, on the other hand, hoping for a return to early in-your-face RHCP with the emphasis on hard-hitting funk and rap, then you will be disappointed. But you should now know what to expect from the band. After all, they've been playing much the same stuff for the last 20 years.

Is it their best album? I wouldn't say so, but it's up there and some of the songs are pure vintage RHCP.
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on 21 February 2015
I’ve long been a Red Hot Chili Peppers fan. As a stadium rock fan, when that genre largely died back in the late 1980s and early 1990s, I preferred to replace it with the funk based rock of the likes of RHCP and Faith No More rather than the grunge sound of Nirvana and Pearl Jam. That said, I’ve always preferred their older releases, finding “Californication” to be a little weak and “Stadium Arcadium” a touch bloated. It seems I’m in a minority, as 1999’s “Californication” outsold my personal favourite, 1991’s “Blood Sugar Sex Magik” in every major market apart from the US. But I still remain enough of a fan to give every new album a fair hearing.

There are some decent moments here and the influences on the album are certainly spread around fairly effectively, which allows for plenty of variation of sound and prevents the album as a whole becoming too dull, even though some of the individual songs do achieve dullness. This results in the strange effect that whilst there were a few songs here that I didn’t particularly enjoy by themselves, I find myself holding a fairly decent opinion of the album as a whole. In the case of this album, the whole is definitely more than the sum of its parts.

This will never go down as my favourite of the Red Hot Chili Peppers albums, but I certainly prefer it to the like of “Californication”, despite the weaker pop influence coming through in many places. There is enough of the traditional Peppers funky bass guitar driving things along to remind you who is playing, even when the overall sound is a little weak and lacking the rock influence they used to have.

The other bonus to the album is that at 14 tracks and 59 minutes long, it represents pretty decent value in terms of the playing time. There may be better albums musically, even in the Peppers back catalogue, but this is possibly one of the better put together albums I’ve heard in some time and I can’t shake the feeling that I really quite enjoyed it. It’s not the Peppers sound I’m used to, but it is a decent listening experience. Long term fans of the band might not enjoy it, but it’s certainly more accessible to fans at the lighter end of the pop-rock spectrum to potentially garner the band a lot of new fans in the way “Californication” did.

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