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4.0 out of 5 stars A Jane's Addiction Fan Explains, 30 Sept. 2005
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This review is from: One Hot Minute [U.S. Version] (Audio CD)
Most of the people who review this album are RHCP fans, normally ones who only discovered them after Californication was released. When I was about 15, I loved Blood Sugar Sex Magik by RHCP, and still think it's a fine record. A more musically mature listener would have to admit though that Ritual De Lo Habitual, by Jane's Addiction, an album I discovered when I was 17 is a much stronger and more artistically worthy work. So the meeting of these two 80's LA bands was always going to be interesting. A lot of the reason this album fails is that the Chilli Peppers couldn't follow up Blood Sugar Sex Magik without descending into cliche (like on Californication where they settled into the seat of elder statesmen of radio friendly soft rock). Any fans of RHCP really ought to ask themselves if they are true fan if they consider Californication a 'return to form'. At least on One Hot Minute the band attempted to take advantage of their new lineup and try a new direction. To be fair, Navarro doesn't fully fit in, in the same way Flea didn't fit it into the Jane's Addiction reunion, because RHCP weren't really an alternative rock band at any point, and Dave Navarro tends to spoil the commercial edge of the RHCP's music. Still, it's miles better than Californication, which completely failed to deliver a proper funk song (Aeroplane and Walkabout make a mockery of Get On Top and Around The World). Now go and listen to Ritual De Lo Habitual by Jane's Addiction if you haven't yet.
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