One of the biggest bands in the world, Red Hot Chilli Peppers need no introduction. What will be of interest however is that their new album, The Getaway, their first for five years, was co-produced by Danger Mouse, who’s had his fingers in a lot of pies production-wise and Nigel Godrich, most famously connected to Radiohead.
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6/10 Tom 13th June 2019
The Getaway is the Red Hot Chili Peppers' second post-John Frusciante album, and is an improvement over 2011's I'm With You, an album on which the Chili's sounded like they were trying too hard to find their groove again.
With Danger Mouse on production, the Getaway is sleek and fully of poppy songs like the lead single 'Dark Necessities', and new guitarist (and former JF collaborator) Josh Klinghoffer seems more at home to flex his own considerable talents.
That being said, the Chili Peppers have always struggled to really capture hearts and minds when Frusciante has been out of the band (see pre-Mother's Milk, One Hot Minute) and that is still the case here. Not a terrible record, but not one that will linger in the memory for long.
6/10 Jack 23rd August 2016A perfectly listenable album with some nice hooks and a few cool experiments. Some of it works ("Dark Necessities") and some of it doesn't ("Detroit"). Not a ground-breaker, not a dud. Lacks the fire of earlier work, but just about everything has since Blood Sugar Sex Magik. This album is not something I'll return to repeatedly over time but if this is where they're at musically in 2016, that's cool too. One of the very few mainstream rock bands still making decent music so I give them credit for that.
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