I heard it get a lot of good reveiws and Im a die-hard RHCP's fan, so I bought it. I love it, even if it is diffrent. But I've yet to hear good things from anyone except the press. Does anyone else have it? What do you think?
A little overlong and too mellow at times, but I like it. It`s incredibly melodic and Fruiscante`s return to greatness continues. There`s at least a half-dozen outstanding songs on it. It`s no Blood Sugar.. or Californication, but it`s a long long way from Catholic School Girls Rule.
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I loved it! RHCP keeps growing and expanding their music as they get older and wiser. They aren't the same california surfer punks they were years ago and their music reflects this. They have progressed and grown with each of their last few albums. Hell they could probably pull off just about any type of music out there if they so inclined, Flea was\is a musical prodigy and the others aren't that far behind in their respective talents.
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BTW's a different bird, that's for sure. Having heard the title track on the radio a few times, I thought to myself, "Well, to Hell with this album - it looks like they're just rehashing Californication (compare BTW to Parallel Universe)." Luckily, I went against my better judgment and picked it up anyway. At times, I think they'd be better off cutting their last few albums down to 45 minutes and leaving off some of the weaker tracks, but I didn't mind them so much this time, as it seemed they were writing far more mature songs, regardless of the overall quality.
The variety on this one is nice, although I dug Californication mainly because it was something of a kick in the stomach like their early work had been. I've seen some call BTW their "Pet Sounds," which I find to be an overstretched compliment, but they did manage to find some nifty effects and layering that work for the set of songs they wrote. This isn't Pet Sounds or Loveless -- Hell, it's more like 100% Fun than anything truly groundbreaking -- but they're mostly past their 'influential sound' period anyway. They can just stick to good hooks and solid funk and let Flea do his thing. Definitely the one good pick-up this month - the new albums from Dave Matthews & Counting Crows are mediocre and awful, respectively (or not so respectively), and I still haven't worked up the energy to listen to the Oasis disc.
*IF* you want to build up your CD collection of "Bands that aren't really Top 40 anymore (or never were)" you can do what my mother did for years and years. Simply fill out the forms, buy the few CDs, get the ton of free ones, and then quit.