I'm With You
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Multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers will release their upcoming tenth studio album, I'm With You, on Warner Bros. Records on August 30th, 2011. Recorded at East West In Los Angeles and Shangri-la in Malibu, CA, I'm With You was produced by Rick Rubin, who has produced the band's previous five albums, 2006's Stadium Arcadium, 2002's By The Way, 1999's Californication, 1995's One Hot Minute, and 1991's Blood Sugar Sex Magik. The album was mixed by Andrew Scheps and Greg Fidelman.
I'm With You is the band's first new album since the two-set Stadium Arcadium.
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This is the 10th studio album produced by Red Hot Chili Peppers (RHCP), and as of right now, their newest album available, though this is promised to soon change with an 11th album on the way. With super famous and successful albums in the long history of RHCP, my expectations were set pretty high.
If you go back and listen to the very earliest RHCP music,in the 80s, and early 90s, it sounds much different than it is today. It sounds grungy, dry, and minimally produced. The elements of rap and funk that have influenced their music (and continue to influence it) are more apparent. Their newer sound, from about By the Way onwards, is considerably more melodic, more graceful, and less choppy. I like to think of it as them "turning white" - emerging from darker, rougher things, possibly inspired by the drugs that they used to be into, and emerging into something more triumphant and optimistic. This album is also part of that newer sound.
Generally, I like the newer sound better, but this album just doesn't quite do it for me in the same way that Californication, By the Way, and Stadium Arcadium did. While I do like the songs Monarchy of Roses and Factory of Faith, I'm not particularly enthusiastic about the others. They all just seem like filler, as if they aren't exploring any new ground, don't convey any messages that inspire me, or just aren't as energetic as Monarchy of Roses is. I'm sure some of you will have other opinions, but this is how I feel about things. The only songs aren't bad by any means, just not very exciting. For this reason, I'm giving this album three stars.
Because Monarchy of Roses and Factory of Faith were quite a bit more popular than the other songs on this album, and I feel that they are the best two songs, you may want to consider just buying the .mp3 files for these two songs, forgoing the rest.
The album kicks off with the strange yet beautiful track "Monarchy of Roses". With the inclusion of this track I could tell from the very beginning that this album was going to be something wonderful. This song really sets the mood for what's to follow in the album, 13 more incredibly diverse songs- ranging from the high energy tracks "factory of faith", "Look around" and "Happiness Loves Company", to the slow ballads "Brendan's Death Song" and "Police Station".
My top picks from the album are "Factory of Faith", "Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie", and "Happiness Loves Company". If you're a fan of the Chili Peppers then you should certainly get this addition! If you're interested in the band then I would definitely recommend this album, it's the same great energy with a new musical sound and direction. Maybe you'll find yourself singing along to it in the car like me!
Sure, you could argue that their sound has been tweaked for 'mainstream appeal', but, like 'Stadium Arcadium', this is NOT a bad thing. Also like that grammy-winning double feature, this an album worthy of a full play through.
There aren't any A+ tracks here, but there's a few B+'s and nothing below a C+ (arguably a B-).
'I'm With You' is RHCP in a cool cruise control and it's how you should listen to it.
On a nice sunny day throw on your shades, get in your car, go and find yourself a nice stretch of highway, roll down the windows, and blast this baby.