Red Hot Chili Peppers releases first new album in five years
For the first time in five years, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have reemerged onto the music scene with their brand new tenth studio album, I’m With You, accompanied by new guitarist Josh Klinghoffer and 14 new-yet-familiar sounding tracks.
Much like their previous nine studio albums, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have a flare for mixing rock sensibilities with a funk edge, providing them a sound unmatched by others in their industry. While this is their first studio album to not feature founding guitarist John Frusciante (who left the group in 2009 following creative differences), I’m With You provides a familiar sound yet is the step forward you would expect from RHCP, whose last album Stadium Arcadium was released in 2006.
The album captures your attention quick, with the first two tracks featuring their signature up-tempo funk fusion. “Factory of Faith”, the album’s second track, showcases lead singer Anthony Kiedis’ vocals and personality impressively and is a fun song to blast through the speakers on the remaining days of Summer. While the group succeeds in up-tempo songs, they also shine on their slower, more emotional songs. “Brendan’s Death Song” features both acoustic and hard-rock elements and pays homage to Brendan Mullen, founder of The Masque punk rock club and a supporter of the group from their earliest years.
The album’s first single, “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie”, appears midway through the album has already been burning up the charts all summer, peaking at number 38 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 1 on the Billboard Alternative Songs, their 12th number one on the chart. “Goodbye Horray” is another fun song on the album that features infectious drums and California surf-inspired guitar and bass riffs that leads to a more melodic bridge. “Police Station” is another slower-tempo track that picks up in the chorus, about someone the singer used to know who has lost their way. The final track on the album, “Dance, Dance, Dance”, is a final, funky celebratory song that is sure to have people on their feet at future Red Hot Chili Peppers concerts and serves as a good bookend for the album.
While the songs on I’m With You are a step forward for the group, they contain everything familiar that hardcore Red Hot Chili Peppers fans want from them and will appreciate upon buying their album. The album as a whole is true to the RHCP aesthetic, mixing rock with funk and having a good time with the music. Being it is their tenth studio album, it’s impressive enough that a group of their caliber still wants to make music and can still deliver something memorable for the fans, and I’m With You will certainly be well received upon release.
Red Hot Chili Peppers recently played several secret shows around Los Angeles, including a show at the Roxy and in Venice Beach and are expected to tour sometime in 2012. I’m With You is set to be released August 30th in stores and to digital retailers. You can pre-order the album now on iTunes!
For more information, visit the band’s official website http://redhotchilipeppers.com/