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Californication - the review
On june 8, 1999, Red Hot Chili Peppers released their seventh studio album, Californication. The band had gone through a lot of ups and downs before releasing this album. Drug problems(which had led to one death), arguments, loss of creative freedom, band members quitting the band mid tour were just som of the problems the band had gone through. Despite the problems in the past, the band made californication one of the greatest rock albums of all times. It is to this date the top selling Chili Peppers album and is certified five times multi-platinum.
As they should, the critics were confident that Californication would be a success. Greg Tate of Rolling stones magazine opened his review of the album by writing "Let's keep it real: white boys do not have to be funky; they only have to rock, and that the Red Hot Chili Peppers do quite wickedly, thank you." He continued with writing "For Lord knows what reasons -- age, sobriety, Blonde on Blonde ambitions or worship at the altar of Billy Corgan -- they've settled down and written a whole album's worth of tunes that tickle the ear, romance the booty, swell the heart, moisten the tear ducts and dilate the third eye." He was obviously thrilled with Californication.
The Californication Lyrics were perfectly written to make Anthony Kiedis voice shine. He had to give it all, and he delivered. Greg Tate commented "The real star turn on this disc, though, is by Anthony Kiedis, whose vocal cords have apparently been down to some crossroads and over the rehab, and returned with heretofore unheard-of range, body, pitch, soulfulness and melodic sensibility." He continued with "On "Scar Tissue" he laces out a falsetto purple enough to have made Jeff Buckley swoon with envy; on "Savior'' he croons and belts with enough chest-thumping pride to suggest that Vegas is just a kiss away, sustaining supple, buoyant tones with such ease, you know he must be amazing himself, too." To make Greg Tate say that Jeff Buckley would be envious, isnt a small feat. It just shows that Anthony Kiedis knew what he was doing when he wrote the lyrics for Californication. Getting to know exactly where their limits are, and not trying anything thats beyond that limit, is what makes a band deliver their best. Red Hot Chili Peppers had certainly done it here.
Of the original four members of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Anthony Kiedis and Flea were the only two who had been there all the way. To honor Flea, Greg Tate wrote "If there were a Most Valuable Bass Player award given out in rock, Flea could have laid claim to that bitch ten years running." It certainly says a lot when a highly respected music journalist like Tate writes that, knowing that his competition is no amateurs.
Californication created many gigantic hits. In an easy listening manner, the album covers a lot of ground, ranging from Funk to slow going ballads to fast paced rock. The first single released from the album was "Scar tissue". It instantly draw the crowds attention towards the album and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Tate calls it "a dreamy Venice Beach pimp stroll with lullaby-lovely slide guitar." And it had to be real dreamy, because it turned into a monster hit. "Just in time for Matrix fever, "Parallel Universe" speaks of an "underwater where thoughts can breathe easily/Far away you were made in a sea, just like me", tate said about one of the other hits from Californication.
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