Still Red Hot
It has taken more than twenty years to fight off their demons and get to their â€šÃ„ÃºHigher Ground,â€šÃ„Ã¹ but the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the quintessential California band, has turned a page in rock history with their ninth studio album, Stadium Arcadium .As their self-proclaimed â€šÃ„Ãºbest volume of work,â€šÃ„Ã¹ the two-disc, 28-track album showcases their evolving talent and sound with a more cohesive mesh between the slow and soulful and the trademark testosterone-fueled rock-raps that made them gods. Moreover, the album makes a valiant return to funk, something sorely missed in 2002â€šÃ„Ã´s By the Way .
Album opener â€šÃ„ÃºDanni Californiaâ€šÃ„Ã¹ proves that they can still conjure up images of days spent on Venice Beach and solidifies the growth of guitar virtuoso John Frusciante with his increasingly Hendrix-reminiscent sound. â€šÃ„ÃºStrip My Mindâ€šÃ„Ã¹ showcases a real development of range, confidence and feeling in Anthony Keidisâ€šÃ„Ã´ voice. Flea is as explosive as ever in his overpowering bass lines and inquisitive jazz trumpet, most notably on funk gem â€šÃ„ÃºHump de Bump.â€šÃ„Ã¹
Their latest offering of songs still dally with sexual connotations, such as when they â€šÃ„Ãºstraddle the atmosphereâ€šÃ„Ã¹ on â€šÃ„ÃºStorm in a Tea Cup,â€šÃ„Ã¹ but they seem to be bordering on stability as evidenced in â€šÃ„ÃºHard to Concentrate,â€šÃ„Ã¹ when Keidis sings,â€šÃ„ÃºAll I want is for you to be happy / and take this woman and make you my family.â€šÃ„Ã¹
Topping noteworthy albums like Blood, Sugar, Sex Magik and Californication would be a near impossible feat; nevertheless, Stadium Arcadium packs in their old school punch with a real sense of growth and maturity that comes with years of hard living.