Red Hot Chili Peppers’ new album is ‘The Getaway.’ It’s the iconic rock band’s first collaboration with producer Danger Mouse, and it has sparked much anticipation and interest. Now the and critics are weighing in. Here’s a roundup of reviews.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers has been around for three decades with their original lineup of — Chad Smith, Flea, Anthony Kiedis — with relative newcomer Josh Klinghoffer. They caused quite a stir a two years ago a featured guest at Bruno Mars’ Super Bowl XLVIII halftime performance as frontman Anthony Kiedis and bassist Flea were characteristically shirtless and flaunting their countless tattoos. Most recently, they were bearing their torsos once again, in James Carden’s ‘Carpool Karaoke’ segment on ‘Late Late Show,’ with the host himself joining in on the tradition.
Now RHCP’s ‘The Getaway’ arrives. It’s is their first new album in five years, since 2011’s ‘I’m with You.’ It’s also an album that was delayed as Flea recovered from a a serious showboarding injury that sidelined him for months.
Already highly anticipated, ‘The Getaway’ is sparking even more interest and curiosity over the band’s possible new direction. Little Big Town teaming up with Pharrell Williams on their latest album ‘Wanderlust’ saw the ountry music quartet traverse new genres for the first time. There are some parallels to RHCP’s collaboration with Brian ‘Danger Mouse’ Burton. It also marks their first album without Rick Rubin who served as their producer for decades, since 1989’s ”Mother Milk.’
In an interview with Rolling Stone Flea spoke of how their recording process was different this time around with Danger Mouse. Instead of hours of jamming together until they came up with a song, he had them writing the songs by layering the instruments separately over drum tracks. Flea said of the new process, “I was really hesitant to do that” Elaborating, he added, “I didn’t want to lose the mightiness of us as a band, our raw identity and spontaneity.”
Now the critics are having their say on this long awaited new album from RHCP and you can see a roundup below.
“….Thanks to the band’s own accumulated expertise and the masterly stitching qualities of Danger Mouse, it’s a tightly woven affair, never messy or maudlin or self-indulgent; a dreamcoat of many colours, a marble rye of genres. …..” — Classic Rock Magazine
“….The brilliance of The Getaway is in its subtleties, which define their most intimate and expressive album to date, and suggest that, after 32 years, the Chilis can still keep us guessing.
….” –Clash Music
“…. The Getaway takes welcome risks without alienating too many. […] Sounds like: Old dogs, new tricks. In a word: interesting….” –news.com.au
“….While I’m With You seemed like the Red Hot Chili Peppers playing it safe and attempting to continue their late 90’s and 2000’s formula, but without John Frusciante, The Getaway sees the band experiment and break new ground. Danger Mouse helps the band expand their horizons, with sonic landscapes never before heard in the RHCP catalog…..” –Alternative Nation
Yes, 30 years into their legendary career, RHCP continues to forge ahead in new directions and musical territory. You can see the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ ‘The Getaway’ album cover art and music videos below.
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