Well, what to say. I spent a long time with this CD trying to get into all its nooks and crannies.
At first I didn't like it thinking, "So this is what Chili Peppers has come to." What happened to the Chili's of old with that classic sound?
What happened is Anthony has learned to sing and sing quite well. The lessons have paid off because he sounds like a legit singer now. Having heard his voice in its current maturity, it's painful to listen to him "try" to sing older songs like Under the Bridge.
That being said, this CD is full of Anthony singing. While there is plenty of diversity in the songs, many of them follow the same tempo pattern (or dare I say song formula) of either singing soft then doing a hard break-down and repeat, or singing hard and doing a soft break-down and repeat. This predictability was a bit of a let-down.
...but old Chili Peppers this is not...that old Chili sound is long gone and isn't coming back. If you're not willing to adjust your expectations, you may have a hard time with this CD. I have some friends that would call this CD--and the current Chili sound--garbage. I don't remember any tracks getting airplay when it was new and there isn't a single big hit anywhere to be found.
But this is the story of most bands that have been around a long time. They mature, musically, and their sound changes. As much as we like "the old stuff", as musicians, they've matured beyond that.
So if you can get into it, this CD is worth listening to, but it might take some time if you're expecting that classic, Chili hard-core sound.
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- Label: Warner Records
- Copyright: ℗© 2016 Warner Records Inc.
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- Total Length: 53:41
- ASIN: B01F54247C
- Customer Reviews: 1,105 customer ratings
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