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Following a month tour in support of 's "Stadium Arcadium," Red Hot Chili Peppers' epic two-disc set of new studio material, the band announced an indefinite hiatus to recover from their seemingly endless work since 's "Californication.
Instead of letting him show off his skills right off the bat, however, the opening track, "Monarchy of Roses" introduces Klinghoffer with screeches reminiscent of a young garage band's first rehearsal.
Anthony Kiedis's vocals enter early in an uncharacteristically distorted fashion while drummer Chad Smith's low rumble of kick drum and toms drives the song forward. At first, longtime fans of Red Hot Chili Peppers may think Klinghoffer has forced the band in a completely new direction, but suddenly Smith drops a loud downbeat on his snare drum and the Red Hot Chili Peppers we've all become accustomed to hearing are back.
As "I'm With You" begins to take shape, one thing becomes clear; this is a bass-heavy record. Original bassist Flea, who is widely considered one of the most talented bassists in the world, answers the changing of the guard on the guitarist side of the spectrum with some of his most involved parts to date. Sure, "Factory of Faith" and "Ethiopia" don't exactly have the same intensity or skill requirements of the bass line in "Coffee Shop," one of the most impressive parts of "One Hot Minute," but his importance to each track is felt more in the studio now than it ever was 20 years ago.
Instead of utilizing the slap bass technique to rough up the edges of the mix, Flea's bass now has a much smoother quality to it.
Switching back and forth between octaves, Flea leads the way in providing the funk styling that has frequently been the job of the guitar on past records.
The upbeat wildness of Red Hot Chili Peppers that defined them in the '80s still makes its presence known occasionally on "I'm with You.
On the contrary, the polished solos of Frusciante, like those heard on "Scar Tissue," are approached much differently by Klinghoffer. Tracks like "Look Around" give the guitar its moment in the spotlight, but clarity and technique are traded in for spontaneous creativity.
These aren't solos that have been perfected over months of practice. Instead, Klinghoffer gives the listener a more in the moment interpretation of his instrument. Although each track manages to blend a trademarked formula with new twist, "I'm With You" still has trouble tying ideas together.
Transitions between songs have never been the strongest aspect of Red Hot Chili Peppers' albums. One of the biggest criticisms of "Stadium Arcadium" was that many songs seemed to act as filler between singles and a common theme appeared to be non-existent.
Yes, the change in guitarist provides a distinct contrast between this and their last two decades of music, but after letting the album play through a few times, it feels less like a new chapter and more like a page turn.
Although they seem to be booked everywhere in the world except the U. With a U. If you're new to Red Hot Chili Peppers, this is an excellent place to start, but make sure you explore deeper into their catalog after you've given "I'm With You" time to digest. This review is about 10 years late, I was just backfilling some Chili.
I'll make it quick. I like old and new Chili. I didn't like the first 7 songs, but the remaining 5 are very amazing and completely make up for the first 7. Had I known this ahead of time, I would still definitely buy this CD for those 5. I could go into more detail but I doubt anyone will ever read this after so long. The mellow grooves are the high points of this album.
The album rocks, but it's the quieter parts that seem to really grab ahold of me. The bass is more upfront on this one - needs to be noted.
Lyrics less goofy. Nice progression of the band - they're evolving in a really cool way.. The tube socks are a thing of the past. Less funk, more You already have your opinion. I won't try to change it or to argue mine's better than yours. Brendan's Death Song. Meet Me At the Corner. Police Station. Happiness Loves Company. Goodbye Hooray. Did I Let You Know. The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie. Look Around. Annie Wants a Baby. He's stylistically very close to John but has a completely different trip.
It sounds like the Red Hot Chili Peppers that you've never heard before. Kiedis commented on the overall writing process, noting, "this album has been one of evolution.
Before, some of our jams were a bit hit-and-miss. On this record, a decent number of songs were actually thought out and planned in a way we had never done before. That is, with Flea's new knowledge of music theory, we explored the writing process with a bit more precision. According to Kiedis, Flea's piano contributions to I'm With You added "a whole new dynamic"  to the band's sound.
According to Flea, Klinghoffer also wrote songs on piano for the album: "I started writing songs on piano for this record and Josh also wrote songs on piano, so a lot of the songs were written on the piano and then translated to [the] rock band.
It has a different kind of feeling, kind of more of a liquid, poetic feeling is the best way I can describe it. Flea said the three main things he was listening to during the creation of the album were underground kind of avant-garde electronic music, The Rolling Stones , and Johann Sebastian Bach.
According to the band, "Brendan's Death Song" was the first song written for the album, with parts of "Annie Wants a Baby" written the same day. Album opener, "Monarchy of Roses," a darker song mixing funk and pop, was written and recorded under the working title, "Disco Sabbath.
Kiedis reminisces about past times with these characters over a moody, complex chord progression from Klinghoffer. Flea came in and played a piece on the piano that the band felt they needed to turn into a song. According to Flea, "Life and death is a major theme of the album. According to Flea, the album is, at times, influenced by African music.
Flea stated, "We've always all loved African music. Throughout our career we've played some African bits, but we never really captured it right. We saw music every night and jammed with musicians. Ethiopia is such a great country, beautiful place.
So there are a couple African parts on the new songs. It really widened my scope of humanity. During a June interview with Spin , Smith confirmed that controversial British artist Damien Hirst would design the album cover. Kiedis described the album's cover art by saying, "It's an image. It's art. We didn't give it its meaning but it's clearly open to interpretation. Flea's daughter, Clara Balzary, has been involved with taking promotional photos of the band leading up to the release of the new album.
Most of the first shots of the new lineup were taken by Balzary, and her photography is featured in the album artwork. At the time it was denied by the band's management that the artwork was released by the band or the album cover however on July 14, , TMZ broke the news that the artwork has been endorsed by the band to promote the global release of the new album.
The artist behind the work is Mr. Brainwash claims that his work with the band is not finished and he will be teaming up with them on several more projects. The working title for the album was rumored to be Dr. According to an early article in Spin Magazine , Kiedis said "[A friend] was reminiscing about one of his legendary acid trips , and told us that he had been playing a sold-out show to the planets and moons, and his number-one hit was, well, that title".
Through his father, Kiedis told fans, don't believe the rumors. There was no friend, no acid trip and it was all a lie. When it came time to decide on a title for the album, Kiedis started making lists of titles, though none seemed to capture the spirit of the record.
He said they thought of naming it after a song on the album, but Rubin said that made it seem like the band did not have enough ideas. A day before the deadline to find a title, Klinghoffer wrote down the words "I'm with you" on a piece of paper and very subtly showed it to Kiedis and the rest of the band who fell in love with the title right away.
Klinghoffer said the title came to him out of nowhere and explained, "It seems pretty open, pretty apropos to where the band is, what the band's doing, how the record wants to be related to, or related with. It's inviting. The first time I heard a non-one-of-us mention it, it gave me the best feeling you could imagine.
Unbeknownst to me, the news [of the album's title] had hit the radio, and some kid came up to me and he shook my hand and he said, 'I'm with you! Where did you hear that? The band's official site held a global listening party on August 22, where they streamed the entire album.
Various radio stations throughout the world began playing tracks on the same date leading up to the album's release. The band kicked off a string of promotional shows and appearances starting in August On August 30, , the date following the album's release in the United States, the band performed the entire album apart from "Even You Brutus? Sports channel, ESPN and many of their programs featured songs from I'm With You during various clips, segments and commercials throughout the months of August and September.
In , the U. The album's second single, Monarchy of Roses " was used in a Japanese car commercial for the Nissan Elgrand. In the United States, I'm with You debuted at number two on the Billboard with , copies sold in its first week.
I'm with You received mostly favorable reviews from music critics. He rated the album 3 out of 5 stars in a generally favorable write-up, stating that although "listening to a playback of new RHCP album, I'm with You , one can definitely hear a John Frusciante-shaped hole in the proceedings", the album did have many great tracks.
Despite all of this however, he alluded that the album lacked the overall quality of the band's material with John Frusciante, saying "Minus their star guitarist, the Chilis are a bit mild.
In another positive review which saw the album achieve a rating of 7 out of 10, she felt that any "drastic departure from their mixture of rock and funk is a disservice to fans", although she went on to say that tracks such as "Monarchy of Roses", "Even You Brutus? She felt that the album was, overall, a successful continuation of their trademark sound, while also an exploration of several styles new to the band. In a similarly positive review, Q 's Isaac Newton rated the album 3 stars out of 5.
He hailed 'Brendan's Death Song' as the album's best track, whilst posing a question about what he interpreted as more introspective lyrics from the band on tracks such as 'Police Station' and 'Meet Me at the Corner', asking "are Red Hot Chili Peppers suffering a sudden attack of level-headedness?Even You Brutus - Red hot chili peppers.