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on 19 January 2014
If you stick this record on expecting to hear some hardcore funk rock with screaming vocals, slap bass lines and distorted guitars you couldn't be more wrong. This, in comparison to other Chilis records, is a very mellow album. And it is bloomin' incredible.
This is the record where John took far more responsibility over the musical direction of the album, hence his heavy influence in the tracks. The Chilis have used techniques in this record that they've never really used before, such as layered melodic guitars, electronic synthesisers and almost choral backing vocals. The tracks on this album range from the energetic, psychedelic Chilis style which we know and love to the new, mellow, poetic, almost beautiful (in some cases) style which makes this record so damn awesome. I'll now go through each of the tracks on the record.
For me the stand-out tracks on this album are numerous. My personal favourite on the album (which is also my favourite Chilis song, and favourite song of all time) is Dosed. This beautiful track opens with three or four layered guitar melodies and wonderful lyrics, the second verse accompanied by harmonic backing vocals. The chorus is enough to make anyone cry. You just have to listen to it, I can't explain it. Other stand-out tracks include Can't Stop; a funky, hard-rocking hit; Cabron, a flamenco-style Spanishy song; Throw Away Your Television; a surreal, techo-ish song with very odd lyrics; Venice Queen, a long acoustic song with an extended outro passage with deep lyrics about the Band's friend Gloria; Don't Forget Me which opens and closes with a simple four chord bass riff played by flea with a powerful chorus and many others.
I Can't Stop dancing to this record at Midnight, I'm afraid i might Tear a muscle. At this rate I might Throw Away My Television because I can't get enough. By The Way, I hear this record is pretty big On Mercury, but that's just a Minor Thing 'cause This Is The Place where it belongs.
If you don't have this record take a long look at your life and see where you went wrong. This is an absolute must-have for any Chilis fan or Music fan in general. Buy this record NOW.