Universal offer up a vinyl reissue of The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ fourth album Mother’s Milk. Before releasing the album the band tragically lost their singer and then drummer. The new line-up, including John Frusciante, crafted the distinctive blend of funk, rock and rap we know today, but this release still has the punk attitude of the earlier group as well.
Vinyl LP £17.99 6981721
Reissue LP on Universal.
6/10 Tom 13th June 2019
The Red Hot Chili Peppers experienced more rock and roll excess during the course of their first three albums than most bands do in their entire careers. By the time Mother's Milk was released they'd gone through a number of drummers and lost a founding member (Hillel Slovak) to a heroin overdose.
Undeterred, they recruited Chad Smith on drums, and uber fan John Frusciante on guitar, a move which would ensure their leap into the mainstream and establishment as one of the most popular bands on the planet for decades to come. And while Mother's Milk was the record that started that journey, it's far from a brilliant album. Their cover of Stevie Wonder's 'Higher Ground' gave them a lot of exposure and helped sales of the album, but the production throughout is pretty harsh and unappealing and they'd yet to master the delicate balancing act of songwriting and funk-for-the-sake-of-it. Worth a listen, but the magik really came together on the follow up, Blood Sugar Sex Magik.
8/10 Jack 16th June 2016
Mother's Milk is the Pepper's 4th album. Despite a couple of songs that sound a bit too rushed/underdeveloped (but would be undeniably fun in a live setting) Mother's Milk is a fantastic album that pushed the boundaries of what the band could do sonically while adding new melodic textures into the fray as well. The result is a fresh, exciting sound from a band that was on the cusp of realising their true potential, something they would finally achieve with flying colours on their next album Blood Sugar Sex Magik.
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