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I mingle with the Gods (3.5 stars)
on August 1, 2006
Maybe it's just me but I don't think Blood Sugar Sex Magik lives up to all the hype that surrounds it. That's not to say I don't thoroughly enjoy myself when I hear this, but it's just not what I was led to believe some 7 years ago (when I was beginning to form preferences). All the energy that makes a CD great is there, and there's even some to spare, the great vocals are there, amazing backing band, awe-inducing lyrics, everything is there that makes a memorable CD, well, memorable. I think my deal is just that I'm not the biggest Chili Peppers fan.
So lets just imagine that you, the potential buyer of this CD, have never heard of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. There's probably questions you're asking yourself:
Q: Is it really worth it?
A: Yes. Even for me, a person who thinks there's only a handful of good songs on this CD, I would definitely pay the money again.
Q: Is it everything people say?
A: I don't think so, but a lot of what people say has truth behind it.
I wouldn't chase anyone away from buying this CD, I do think it's an important record that ultimately changed a lot of people's outlook on music. I can't say I'm one of those people because my tastes in music are probably different from theirs, but I can admit that this is a CD that has aged as gracefully as possible. The ballads are just as powerful now as they were when this was released, and the more funky, heavy songs, retain every bit of energy as well.
My favorite songs are Breaking The Girl, Funky Munks, I Could Have Lied, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, and Apache Rose Peacock. The Red Hot Chili Peppers eventually did go on to make a ton more memorable songs and CDs, but I doubt, aside from maybe Californiacation, they'll ever top this CD, and that's coming from a middle of the road fan too. So maybe that's saying something, of course, maybe not.