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Label:Warner Bros.
Web Site: RedHotChiliPeppers.com

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    When the Red Hot Chili Peppers first appeared smeared in neon body paint with socks dangling precariously from their wieners, even the most faithful funk-metal convert couldn't have conceived they would be around some 20 years later, carrying on in much the same fashion. Despite a long history of tragedies and personnel upheavals, the California quartet's eighth album is mostly business as usual--and business, as usual, is quite good. The title track, "By the Way," is a powerful, bruised piece of slap-bass and intermediary white-boy rapping. "Universally Speaking" pays sweaty, soulful tribute to singer Anthony Kiedis's hometown of Detroit. And "Lemon Trees on Mercury" sounds eerily like it could have been lifted from 1984's Freaky Styley. The band's reliable eclectic side, meanwhile, surfaces on the Latin-flavored "Cabron" and moody "Venice Queen." But the biggest surprise is "Tear," a masterful homage to the Beach Boys that suggests the Chili Peppers' perpetual state of arrested development may someday lift. --Aidin Vaziri


    Registered: August 2003
    Posts: 432
    Review Date: Sun September 28, 2003 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $19.00 | Rating: 4 

    Pros: Well, it's a new RHCP album
    Cons: Losing the freshness and honesty

    The highly anticipated second album since the re-uniting with John Frusciante is a tad mellower, and a lot less reflective then Californication, and for some that is a letdown.
    If you are looking for a continuation on the last album, this isn't it. There is a lot of quality tracks on this album, but it doesn't flow like Californication, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, or even Mother's Milk.
    It exceeds most albums that are being released in this day and age, but I was hoping for a little more from a highly-talented group like this. Where I will still put on Californication regularly to listen to it end-to-end, By The Way has hit the pile of 'rarely-listen-to'.
    A must have for a RHCP fan, but if you are just getting into the band, check out one of their previous albums first.

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