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Red Hot Chili Peppers – I’m With You

- by Thomas

Five years after the band’s double album “Stadium Arcadium”, the Peppers are back with a new album and once again a new guitarist (Josh Klinghoffer… their eight one if I’m not mistaken). Did “I’m With You” turn out to be the album everyone was waiting for? The perfect follow-up to instant classics such as “Californication” and “By The Way”? Unfortunately, not even by a long shot.

On their tenth studio album, the Red Hot Chili Peppers are recycling themselves and sound like a band just going through the motions. There are plenty of echoes of older material but it’s nowhere as funky or beautiful as it has been on previous releases.

Even the band’s first single suffered from that problem. “The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie” is not a bad song, it’s just not exciting at all. Tedious and bored are also words that come to mind. The same goes for “Annie Wants A Baby”, “Police Station” and “Meet Me At The Corner”. And don’t even get me started about some of the other songs on here.

Is it because of the absence of John Frusciante? Or is it that they’ve grown tired of it all? Whatever the case may be, “I’m With You” doesn’t sound Red Hot at all.
Score: 5 out of 10

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